Winehouse Family: ‘Amy’s Death Leaves Gaping Hole In Our Lives’

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July 24, 2011 | 7:05pm EST

Amy Winehouse’s grieving family have asked for the press to respect their “privacy and space” as they mourn the tragic loss of the singer, insisting her death has left a “gaping hole” in their lives.
The Grammy Award-winning Rehab hitmaker, who battled years of drink and drug abuse, was found dead at her north London home on Saturday afternoon at the age of 27.

Her singer father Mitch, who was about to embark on a mini-tour of the U.S., scrapped his shows and flew back to the U.K. upon hearing the sad news, and he and his family have now issued a formal statement describing their terrible pain over the tragedy.

A statement released on Sunday reads, “Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. 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.”

Meanwhile, famous friends and celebrities have continued to pay tribute to Winehouse through the press and on Twitter.com.

Legendary crooner Tony Bennett, who worked with the late star on a track in March, says in a statement to Us Weekly, “I am deeply saddened to learn of her tragic passing.

“She was an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist and I am truly devastated that her exceptional talent and has come to such an early end. She was a lovely and intelligent person and when we recorded together she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to sing with her.It had been my sincere hope that she would be able to overcome the issues she was battling and I send my deepest sympathy to her father Mitchell, her entire family and all of those who loved her.”

On Saturday, her longtime collaborator, revered hip-hop/soul producer Salaam Remi, took to Twitter to write, “Very Very Sad Day. Just lost a Great Friend and a Sister. RIP my baby SiS Cherry Winehouse. Love ya always.”

Another pal, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, added, “Devastated. I spent extraordinary times with Amy. She sang for me once for hours, it was the most beautiful & touching thing. A huge loss.”

American singer/songwriter Carole King hailed Winehouse as a “very talented” soul whose life had been on a “terrible course”, while in a tweet on Sunday, Lady Gaga writes, “Amy changed pop music forever, I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she lived the blues.”

A post mortem examination is scheduled to take place on Monday to determine the cause of death.

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