Mitch Winehouse made a moving speech at his daughter’s funeral this afternoon.
The former London cab driver paid tribute to his eldest daughter Amy Winehouse, who was found dead in her Camden home on Saturday and claimed that the singer has been much ‘happier’ in the months before her death, than she had been for many years previously.
Mitch claimed that Amy was working hard on resolving her addiction problems and was trying to curb her drug use, with constant help from her family members and on/off boyfriend Reg Traviss.
Speaking at the ceremony, the grieving dad said:
“Amy was the greatest daughter, family member and friend you could ever have.
“I will talk a lot about her fantastic recovery. Recently Amy found love with Reg. He helped her with her problems and Amy was looking forward to their future together. She was the happiest she has been for years.
“Three years ago, Amy conquered her drug dependency, the doctors said it was impossible but she really did it. She was trying hard to deal with her drinking and had just completed three weeks of abstinence.”
“She said, ‘Dad I’ve had enough, I can’t stand the look on your and the family’s faces anymore.’ ”
Mitch also went on to explain that he and his family will find it much easier to deal with her death, knowing that she was in a better frame of mind in the past few months and was not depressed or down.
He added: “She was not depressed. She saw [her mother] Janis and Reg on Friday and was in good spirits.
“That night, she was in her room, playing drums and singing. As it was late, her security guard said to keep it quiet and she did.
“He heard her walking around for a while and when he went to check on her in the morning he thought she was asleep. He went back a few hours later, that was when he realised she was not breathing and called for help.
“But knowing she wasn’t depressed, knowing she passed away, knowing she passed away happy, it makes us all feel better.”
The 60-year-old also confirmed that he and his family will now set up a charitable foundation, which will work towards funding clinics and addiction centres, in the hope that some good will come of her tragic passing.
Recalling hearing the news of Amy’s death en route to New York to perform a series of concerts, he said:
”I was with my cousin Michael when I heard and straight away I said I wanted an Amy Winehouse Foundation, something to help the things she loved – children, horses, but also to help those struggling with substance abuse.
“In this country, if you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two year waiting list for help. With the help of Keith Vaz MP, we are trying to change that.”