Winehouse Celebrated by Dad in Emotional Funeral

The troubled 27-year-old singer was eulogized by her father as "my angel"

By Beth Stebner
|  Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011  |  Updated 9:51 AM PDT
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Kelly Osbourne and hundreds of other friends and family attend the funeral service of Amy Winehouse in London.

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Friends and family remembered troubled singer Amy Winehouse at a poignant and sometimes humorous funeral service in London Tuesday, punctuated with a euology from one of her most ardent supporters -- her father.

"Goodnight my angel," said father, Mitch. "Sleep tight. Mommy and Daddy love you ever so much."

He told stories about his daughter that made the crowd laugh, remembering the joy she brought to both to those who knew her personally, and to the millions around the world who knew her from her soulful music.

The service closed with Carole King's "So Far Away," which Winehouse once sang with her dad. He asked the crowd to sing along, and they did, People magazine reported.

"It was emotional, it was happy and it was sad," her rep told People. "It was everything really."

The 45-minute private service, presided over by a rabbi, was to be followed by the Winehouse's cremation and then a family gathering at a local synagogue according to BBC News.

Among the guests were music producer Mark Ronson and close friend Kelly Osbourne.

While Winehouse's death was not entirely surprising, it was still shocking to her legions of fans. Flowers, candles, personal notes, and beer cans still line the fence around Camden Square, London, outside the townhouse where Winehouse's body was found Saturday.

The singer had long battled alcohol and drugs. She was arguably best known for her song "Rehab."

Her distinctive beehive hair, cat's-eye makeup and her propensity for making a public spectacle of herself sometimes overshadowed what critics agreed was a brilliant musical style. At the height of her fame in 2008, Winehouse won five Grammys.

The autopsy conducted Monday didn’t give fans the answers they were seeking—it may take as long as four weeks for blood work and tissue samples to get back from Scotland Yard.

If the news of Winehouse’s death wasn’t distressing enough, an ex-reporter from the Sunday Mail, a Scottish newspaper, claims that her phone and medical records were hacked, according to TheWrap.com.

The reporter, Charles Lavery, claimed that Winehouse’s mother and father, as well as on-again, off-again flame Blake Fielder-Civil were targeted by tabloids.

Lavery claimed papers would hack into records to see when Winehouse would appear at various rehab clinics so they could strategically placed paparazzi to catch the so-called money shot.

Winehouse's premature death at age 27 puts her in the so-called “27 Club,” a high-profile list of musicians who died at that age. On that list: Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, and Jimi Hendrix.

Winehouse’s parents, Mitch and Janis, were devastated by the loss of their daughter, but said that the outpouring of support heartened them. Fans and mourners alike have made pilgrimages to the singer’s northern London townhouse in Camden Square to lay flowers, cigarettes, notes, and vodka bottles.

“Amy was about one thing and that was love,” her father told The Daily Mail. “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," he said.

Selected Reading: CNN Entertainment, The WrapGuardian, Us Weekly, Daily Mail

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