The Winehouse Family on the 'Gaping Hole' Felt by Amy's Passing
By Raphael Chestang
Amy Winehouse's family released a statement on Sunday, conveying their anguish over the sudden and untimely passing of an integral member of their clan.
"Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece," the family stated. "She leaves a gaping hole in our lives. We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time."
Those Amy left behind include her father Mitch (pictured above), mother Janis and older brother Alex.
In April, Mitch seemed to be following in his daughter's footsteps, releasing an album of jazz cover songs. The former cab driver told The New York Times that he sang semi-professionally in his 20s and "taught Amy to sing when she was a baby." According to the Daily Mail, Mitch was on a jazz tour in New York when he found out about his daughter's death.
Amy was found dead at her London home on Saturday at the age of 27. The cause of death is still "unexplained," but an autopsy might occur "within the next 24 hours," according to the Daily Mail.