Family say farewell to "angel" Winehouse

Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:58pm EDT
 
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By Clare Kane

LONDON (Reuters) - The family of Amy Winehouse gathered at a north London cemetery on Tuesday to bid farewell to their "angel," three days after the troubled singer was found dead at her home.

Some 100 mourners, including Winehouse's producer Mark Ronson and Kelly Osbourne, attended the traditional Jewish funeral that closed with her father Mitch saying: "Good night my angel, sleep tight; Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much."

A family spokesman said Carole King's "So Far Away" was played at the end of the service. King's "You've Got a Friend" was the first song Amy and her father had sung together.

In a eulogy at the private service, Mitch Winehouse said his 27-year-old daughter had been happier in recent months than she had been for years, and was looking forward to a future with her boyfriend of the past two years, film director Reg Traviss, 35.

Earlier, Traviss had denied rumors the singer died in a drug-fueled haze.

"She had been full of life and so upbeat recently, exercising every day and doing yoga," he told the Sun newspaper. "This terrible thing that happened is like an accident."

After the service, Winehouse was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium where her grandmother Cynthia, a singer who dated jazz legend Ronnie Scott, was also cremated, the spokesman said.

An inquest opened on Monday and was adjourned until October, with police describing the death as unexplained and an autopsy failing to determine the cause of death. More medical tests are being carried out, with the results expected next month.   Continued...

 
<p>Mourners embrace as they leave the funeral service for Amy Winehouse at a cemetery in north London July 26, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth</p>