Private funeral to be held for Winehouse on Tuesday

Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:50pm EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Amy Winehouse's funeral will take place on Tuesday and will be attended only by her family and close friends, her spokesman said on Monday.

A post mortem on the "Back to Black" singer, who died at the weekend, failed to determine how she died and more toxicology tests are being carried out, with the results expected in two to four weeks, police said.

The autopsy was carried out after an inquest opened and adjourned on the 27-year-old's death which police are so far describing as "unexplained."

Winehouse, who fought drug and alcohol addictions, was found dead at her north London home on Saturday afternoon.

As sales of her music soared and speculation swirled about the release of a possible posthumous album, her father Mitch flew in from New York and visited a shrine of flowers, gifts and cards outside the house.

Surrounded by television crews and well-wishers, he read the dozens of condolence messages and walked along banks of teddy bears, flowers -- and the occasional bottle of vodka -- left by fans of the troubled singer.

"Thank you for coming," he said. "It means so much to me and my family."

A somber mood hung over Camden Square, where Winehouse lived, as a constant stream of fans arrived to lay flowers and leave messages for the singer among flickering candles left outside her house on Monday.

Some well-wishers were unable to hold back tears as they looked in near silence at fans' tributes.   Continued...

 
<p>Mitch and Janis Winehouse (C), the parents of British singer Amy Winehouse, look at memorabilia left by fans outside her house in London July 25, 2011. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>