- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2011

LONDON (AP) - Wearing dark suits, black dresses and the occasional beehive hairdo, friends and family said goodbye to Amy Winehouse Tuesday with prayers, tears, laughter and song at an emotional funeral ceremony.

Amy was the greatest daughter, family member and friend you could ever have,” said her father, Mitch Winehouse, in a section of the eulogy released by a family spokesman.

The singer’s father, mother and brother were joined by Winehouse’s close friends, band members and celebrities including producer Mark Ronson for the service at Edgwarebury Cemetery in north London. Media personality Kelly Osbourne was one of several women to wear their hair piled beehive-high in an echo of the singer’s trademark style.

Fans and photographers thronged the lane outside, but the funeral was for several hundred friends and family only.


Mitch Winehouse told mourners that his late daughter had recently found love and had beaten her drug dependency three years before her death, but he admitted she was still struggling to control her drinking after several weeks of abstinence.

“She said, ‘Dad I’ve had enough of drinking, I can’t stand the look on your and the family’s faces anymore.’” Mitch Winehouse said.

He said Amy had been playing her drums and singing in the home the night before her death.

“But knowing she wasn’t depressed, knowing she passed away, knowing she passed away happy, it makes us all feel better,” he said, adding that he hopes to set up an Amy Winehouse Foundation that would help people beat substance abuse.

The cab driver and jazz singer, who helped foster his daughter’s love of music, ended his eulogy with the words “Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.”

The Jewish service was led by a rabbi and included prayers in English and Hebrew.

It ended with a rendition of Carole King’s “So Far Away,” one of Winehouse’s favorite songs.

Mitch was funny, he told some great stories from childhood about how headstrong she was, and clearly the family and friends recognized the stories and laughed along,” said family spokesman Chris Goodman.

“He stressed so many times she was happier now than she had ever been and he spoke about her boyfriend and paid tribute to a lot of people in her life.”

Family friend Alfie Ezekiel, 55, said the service had been a “joyful” celebration of the singer’s life.

Mitch gave a very good eulogy and he managed to get through it very well, considering,” he said.

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