Private Funeral Planned For Amy Winehouse
LONDON, England –“RIP”—Private funeral services for British soul singer Amy Winehouse will be held Tuesday according to a family spokesperson.
The 27-year-old Winehouse died at her London flat Saturday after a long battle with drugs and alcohol. An Autopsy was conducted Monday; however, the cause of death has yet to be determined.
The Metropolitan Police said Monday that a forensic post mortem "did not establish a formal cause of death and we await the results of further toxicology tests." Those are expected to take two to four weeks.
Family spokesman Chris Goodman told the Associated Press, private service for family and close friends would be held later in the day at an undisclosed location.
In a not so surprising twist, Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil has reportedly been banned from attending the funeral by Amy’s dad Mitch who continues to blame him for his daughter addiction to drugs.
On Monday, Mitch and Janis Winehouse visited Amy’s house and thanked mourners who had left flowers and cards. Mitch said "Amy was about one thing and that was love. Her whole life was devoted to her family and her friends and to you guys as well."
Her last public appearance came three days before her death, when she briefly joined her goddaughter, singer Dionne Bromfield, on stage at The Roundhouse in Camden, near her home.
Actor Russell Brand, a former drug addict, wrote a lengthy tribute in which he urged the media and public to change the way addiction is perceived — "not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill."
"Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction," he wrote. "Addiction is a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions or death."
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Amy’s ashes are to be mixed with her grandmother Cynthia’s, who died in 2006 to lung cancer.
Amy was reportedly very close to her grandmother and even had her name tattooed on her arm.