Winehouse Family 'Bereft,' Mom Fears for Ex-Husband

Stunned fans downloading music in record numbers
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 25, 2011 2:00 AM CDT
Updated Jul 25, 2011 4:54 AM CDT
Amy Winehouse performs in Brazil earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Nabor Goulart, File)
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(Newser) – Amy Winehouse's death has left her family "bereft" and struggling to cope with a "gaping hole" in their lives, while the mom of ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil fears he may attempt suicide in prison where he's serving time for burglary. "I can't believe it. I could cry," says mom Georgette. "Blake will kill himself. He won't make it without her. He will be devastated, totally and utterly devastated. She couldn't walk away from him and he couldn't walk away from her. She and Blake were both lost and we handled it badly."

Winehouse's family said in a statement that they have "been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, and niece," reports the New Zealand Herald. "She leaves a gaping hole in our lives." Fans continue to flock to Winehouse's London home to leave tributes and stand vigil, notes the Huffington Post. They're also scooping up Winehouse's two albums as fast as they can, rocketing the singer up the charts, reports Reuters. An autopsy will be performed on Winehouse today, though it's suspected she died of substance abuse.

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