Tuesday, July 26, 2011

By GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN and SARA NATHAN

Saying goodbye: Kelly Osbourne - wearing a beehive in tribute to her friend - and friends Remi Nicole arrive at Amy Winehouse's funeral this afternoon

Friends and family of Amy Winehouse said emotional goodbyes to the star today as they came together for her funeral.

Among those paying their respects to the tragic star was her entire family, friends Kelly Osbourne, Mark Ronson and her music 'family' including her backing singers and manager.

A convoy of black vehicles with tinted windows silently made its way inside the Edgwarebury Cemetery in north London this lunchtime for the private service.


In mourning: Producer and DJ Mark Ronson made his way to the service on foot as did Amy's friend Nick Grimshaw


Amy, who died at her London home on Saturday aged 27, will be cremated after the service attended by her loved ones.

Family spokesman Chris Goodman said only family members and close friends would be present and added: 'Cremation is part of the family's tradition.'

Kelly, one of Amy's best friends, had flown into the UK from Los Angeles as soon as she heard the news about her death.


Nearest and dearest: Amy's friends and family made their way inside the cemetery to say goodbye


Her face was solemn as she was driven into the cemetery and she appeared to have paid tribute to her friends by styling her hair in a beehive do, similar to Amy's trademark style.

Kelly hid her eyes behind large dark sunglasses and clutched a white rose in her hands.

She was followed into the service by another of Amy's close friends, DJ and producer Mark Ronson, who looked deep in thought as he arrived on foot alone.

There was a heavy security presence outside the cemetery as guests made their way inside.



Remembering: Amy's singers Heshima and Zalon Thompson jin the mourners including Amy's manager Raye Cosbert


Winehouse's bandmates, Zalon and Heshima Thompson, who were seen in tears outside her home yesterday, were also among the select group.

Her singer songwriter friend Remi Nicole, who was very close to the star, was in tears as she got our of her car and Amy's manager Raye Cosbert cut a solemn figure as he joined the funeral party.

One person not attending today was Amy's ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who, according to sources, was refused compassionate leave from Armley Prison in Leeds.

It was also reported that he had already been warned away from the funeral by Amy's father Mitch who 'hates his guts'.


source: dailymail

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