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Amy Winehouse's Camden Home Will be New Foundation HQ

Amy Winehouse's Camden Home Will be New Foundation HQ

The untimely death of music megastar Amy Winehouse has led to Winehouse's Camden townhouse being used in her memory as the headquarters for a new foundation center being established in her name.

The home will serve as the headquarters of the new foundation because the family considers the home Amy died in "too precious" to sell and also worry what kind of buyer the home would elicit.

Winehouse's former record label, Universal, her management team, and her family all agree that the £2.5 million north London property should be used for the foundation headquarters.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation is being established to distribute funds to several different issue areas that were close to Amy's heart including children's hospices, horses, and children's health problems.

The foundation will also distribute funds to aid those struggling with substance abuse.

Mr. Winehouse has stated of the foundation, "We want to make a positive difference."

He also argues, "In this country, if you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two year waiting list for help. We are trying to change that."

A foundation statement will come out on the 14 September, the same day that would have been Winehouse's 28th birthday. Her new single, "Body and Soul," is a duet with Tony Bennett and is also set to be released on the 14th.

Royalties from the single will go to the foundation.

Tony Bennett has said of the contributions from the single, "All the royalties will go to the foundation that Amy's father is starting to teach all the young children not to take drugs."

Winehouse was found dead on July 23 in London. She had battled alcohol and drug addictions throughout the duration of her career.

Upon her death, Winehouse's father Mitch released a statement saying that his daughter was the "happiest she had been in years" and expressed his happiness that Amy died "in good spirits" and completely over her drug addiction.

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