Monday, July 25, 2011

By SARA NATHAN, CHRIS GREENWOOD, HANNAH ROBERTS, SARAH BULL and SARAH FITZMAURICE

Family support: Amy's parent's Mitch and Janis Winehouse were seen with their son Alex as they made an emotional visit to view the tributes left outside the singer's Camden home

Amy's parents visit the tributes to the singer outside her home

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In our thoughts: Amy's mother Janis, bottom right, Amy's father and his wife Jane, middle, her ex-boyfriend Reg and brother Alex were overcome with emotion as they read the memorial cards letters and notes


They tragically lost their daughter over the weekend and today Mitch and Janis Winehouse paid an emotional visit to the shrine made in tribute to the singer, outside her London home.

Tears were shed as the couple, who are divorced, read the letters, poems and cards that were left among the flowers and presents in Camden.

Mitch, a London taxi driver, struggled to fight back the tears and couldn't help but break down as he surveyed the touching scene alongside Janis and their son Alex.


Kind words: Amy's father Mitch Winehouse read a card left by a fan as he viewed the tributes to the singer outside her Camden Home. Her ex-boyfriend Reg Traviss was also present


Amy's parents sought support from each other and were seen hugging and condoling the other as they took in the reality of what has happened.

They have said they are 'devastated' and 'speechless' by their daughter's death, whose inquest was opened and adjourned today. The cause of death has not yet been specified and toxicology tests will now be carried out. Police have ruled out foul play.

Sharon Duff, coroners officer at St Pancras Coroners Court, said during the two minute hearing: 'I bring before you the death of Amy Jade Winehouse who was aged 27 born on the 14th September 1983 in London.

'She was a divorced lady living at Camden Square, NW1. She was certified dead at her home on July 23 by a paramedic and a doctor. She was a singer/songwriter at the time of her death.


Breaking down: Mitch couldn't contain his grief and was comforted by Amy's brother Alex as the family including he former wife, Amy's mother Janis read the tributes to their late daughter


'She was identified by her family here at St Pancras this morning.

'A section 20 post mortem has been carried out today and samples have been taken for histology and toxicology to determine the cause of death.

'The scene has been examined by police who have deemed it non-suspicious.'

Today the singer's ex-boyfriend Reg Traviss was also present with Janis and Mitch and he viewed the memorial site quietly.

Mitch, who flew home from New York upon hearing the tragic news of his daughter's death, today thanked reporters, photographers and fans for their support.

He said:'I know a lot of you, we've been together for five, six years, I know you've got a job to do. I'm glad you're all here anyway.'

'And you people in the street, I can't tell you what this means to us - it really is making this a lot easier for us.

'Amy was about one thing and that was love, her whole life was devoted to her family and her friends and to you guys as well.

'We're devastated and I'm speechless but thanks for coming.'


Tragic loss: Amy's father Mitch thanked the photographers, reporters and the fans for being there and for their support


Paying respects: There are hundreds of flowers, parcels, gifts and presents that have been left for the singer in Camden


Heartbroken: Mitch and his wife Jane looked devastated and tearful as they left the coroner's office earlier today. Amy ex-boyfriend Reg Traviss was also in the group


In pain: Mitch and Janis tried to contain their emotions but the day proved extremely painful for the family


Bond: Amy Winehouse with her mother Janis after accepting a Grammy Award at London's Riverside Studios for the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony in 2008


Amy's mother Janis told yesterday how she saw her daughter the day before she died, describing her as 'out of it'.

She said: 'Her passing so suddenly still hasn't hit me, adding that Amy told her she loved her.

'They are the words I will always treasure,' she said. I'm glad I saw her when I did.'



Bad taste? Fans left bottles of vodka and wine, and cans of beer at the site


Fans' notes: Amy's grieving fans not only left her notes on paper but also wrote on the footpath to say they love her


Moving: Flowers, notes and messages and candles were left outside Amy's Camden home yesterday evening


Leaving notes: Youngsters gather around the area of flowers to leave their personalised messages to the late singer


'My tears won't dry': Amy's ex-husband Blake Fielder-Ciivl has spoken about his devastation following his ex-wife's death


Close friends: Russell knew Amy before she was famous and has written a touching tribute to her. Pictured her at the Q Awards in 2006

source: dailymail

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