Amy Winehouse Funeral Features Eulogy by Her Father
The funeral for Amy Winehouse took place in North London on Tuesday afternoon, July 26, with a private service for family and friends.
Fans and photographers gathered outside the Edgwarebury Cemetery in Edgware as some 200 relatives and friends of the singer arrived. As the BBC News reports, among the congregation were Mark Ronson, who produced her smash album 'Back to Black,' and Winehouse's good friend, Kelly Osbourne, who sported the late singer's trademark beehive hairdo as a tribute.
The funeral was announced on Monday after the coroner's office released the late singer's body following an autopsy that so far has failed to reveal the exact cause of death. With toxicology reports liable to take up to four weeks, the inquest will now present its findings on Oct. 26.
As the Daily Mail reports, Winehouse's ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil was not granted permission to leave prison, where he is serving 32 months for burglary and firearms possession, to attend the service. Even if he were allowed to leave, Mitch Winehouse, Amy's father, would reportedly not let Fielder-Civil into the funeral, as he credits the current inmate with introducing his daughter to drugs. On top of that, Fielder-Civil has allegedly been left out of Amy's will.
The service was administered by Rabbi Frank Hellmer and Mitch gave a eulogy. "Mitch was funny, he told some great stories from her childhood," Amy's rep Chris Goodman told the Daily Mail. It was a celebration. He stressed many times that she had been more content than he had been in years. Mitch paid tribute to a lot of people from Amy's life."
According to attendee Alfie Ezekiel, "Mitch's last words to Amy in his eulogy were 'Goodnight my angel. Sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.'"
The ceremony ended with the playing of Amy's favorite song, Carole King's 'So Far Away.' Her body was then transferred to Golders Green Crematorium for cremation, while hundreds of fans stood outside to pay their final respects.
Watch the BBC's Report on Amy Winehouse's Memorial