The family of late singer Amy Winehouse has issued a statement after the 27 year old died on Saturday (July 23). Like millions of fans, her father Mitch, mother Janis and older brother Alex and other family members says the British soul singer’s passing left a huge hole in their lives.
“Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. She leaves a gaping hole in our lives,” the Winehouse family told Us Weekly. “We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time.”
Mother Janis, who was with her daughter a day prior to her death, remembers her daughter’s last words before parting; “I Love you, mum.”
“They are the words I will always treasure. I’m glad I saw her when I did,” Janis said. The mother also said that Amy’s death had been “only a matter of time” because during the visit “she seemed out of it.” She added, “But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me.”
Meanwhile, Father Mitch, who was en route to New York City for a scheduled performance, canceled the gig to be at his family’s side. “I’m getting on the next plane back. I’m coming home. I have to be with Amy,” he reportedly said. “I can’t crack up for her sake. My family needs me. I’m devastated; it’s such a shock.”
The cause of death has not been confirmed as yet, but many are attributing Winehouse’s passing to her battle with drug abuse.
In related news, hours after it was reported that Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment, her latest album, ‘Back to Black,’ topped the iTunes chart while the video for the album’s lead single, “Rehab,” jumped to number 10.
Photo Credit (WireImage): Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch Winehouse (R) and mother Janis Winehouse (C) look at floral tributes left at Amy’s house by fans on July 25, 2011 in London, England.