Grieving Dad Plans Winehouse Foundation

Amy 'was happiest she's ever been'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2011 4:58 AM CDT
Mitch Winehouse walks with other mourners as he leaves the Golders Green Crematorium in north London yesterday.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(Newser) – Amy Winehouse will live on not only through her music but through the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which will help substance abusers, her father said at her funeral yesterday. Mitch Winehouse told mourners that his daughter had conquered her dependency on drugs, but people in Britain who couldn't afford private rehab clinics faced a two-year waiting list, the Guardian reports. The 27-year-old singer's family will inherit her fortune.

Amy "was the happiest she has been for years," her father said. "She was trying hard to deal with her drinking and had just completed three weeks of abstinence. She said, 'Dad I've had enough of drinking, I can't stand the look on your and the family's faces anymore.' She was not depressed," he told mourners. "Knowing she passed away happy, it makes us all feel better." He ended his eulogy with the words: "Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much."

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