Amy Winehouse: Autopsy due in days; dad Mitch Winehouse flies home
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With an autopsy on the body of Amy Winehouse yet to come and no signs of foul play found, her father Mitch has canceled his singing engagement at a New York jazz club and headed home.
Meanwhile, police called speculation as to the cause of Winehouse’s death “inappropriate” and fans in Camden Square left flowers, candles and more in her memory. Amy Winehouse was found dead Saturday in her north London home at age 27.
“I am aware of reports suggesting that the death was a result of a suspected drug overdose, but I would like to re-emphasise that no post-mortem examination has yet taken place,” said Supt. Raj Kohli, who according to London papers confirmed it was Winehouse’s body found Saturday afternoon in Camden.
“We are very sad to report that the Mitch Winehouse performance on Monday July 25 is canceled due to the unexpected death of his daughter, Amy Winehouse,” the Blue Note New York jazz club said on its website Saturday.
The former cabbie, who’d recently started singing jazz in public, was headed back to London to be with his family, TMZ said. Mitch Winehouse, who credited his daughter for his opportunity to perform, just told the New York Times that despite some rough times, in the last few weeks Amy had been “absolutely fantastic.”
On Twitter, celebs including Diddy, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Natasha Bedingfield, Nicki Minaj, Ricky Martin and Selena Gomez acknowledged the singer’s death, lamenting her entry into the “27 Club” of performers -- among them Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin -- whose lives ended at age 27.
“She was a lovely and intelligent person and when we recorded together she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance,” said singer Tony Bennett, who praised her “rare intuition as a vocalist” in a statement Saturday to Us Magazine. Winehouse was among those who recorded with him for “Duets 2,” an album to be released in August to mark his 85th birthday.
Pal Kelly Osbourne was distraught: “i cant even breath right my now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!”
-- Christie D'Zurilla