Amy Winehouse Cremated in Private Ceremony Surrounded Only by Family and Close Friends (Video)
LONDON - In stark contrast to the glare of publicity in which she had lived the chaotic and troubled last years of her life, diva and soul singer Amy Winehouse was cremated at a small private ceremony Tuesday afternoon, surrounded only by family and close friends.
The singer’s body arrived at her final resting place in a private ambulance closed from view. Around a hundred fans gathered outside the ceremony, but the majority were heedful of the family’s requests to keep the event low-key and private, preferring to keep vigil at a makeshift shrine outside the singer’s Camden Square home.
Mourners gathered outside Golders Green crematorium in North London to pay their final respects on a sunny London afternoon as the her family and close friends gathered for the cremation which was attended by a few close friends including “Back To Black” producer Mark Ronson and Kelly Osbourne and industry figures including Lucian Grainge, chairman of Universal Music and his wife Caroline.
Earlier the family had held a private funeral service at a synagogue. Delivering the eulogy at the religious service, Winehouse’s father Mitch’s last words were, “goodnight my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.”
The five-times Grammy award winning singer – who was prevented from attending the 2007 Los Angeles ceremony because of an assault conviction – will be remembered for what singer George Michael described as “the most soulful voice the UK has ever produced” and the heart-breaking honesty of songs like “Rehab,” “Back to Black” and “You Know I’m No Good.”
Earlier the former showbiz editor of The News of The World, Dan Wooton, said his paper had moved away from relentless coverage of the singer’s much-publicized drink, drugs and self-harming issues in the past year.
“Over the last year at the News Of The World where I was showbiz columnist, we had actually decided not to write about her – because things were just so bad and there was real concern,” he told Sky News. “Everyone wanted to write that come-back story and it was so sad that in fact she wasn’t able to turn [her life] around.”
An inquest into the singer’s death was opened yesterday and adjourned until October 26. A post-mortem examination was carried out on the singer yesterday, but police say that the cause of death cannot be determined until they get the results of toxicology and forensic tests, which could take as long as four weeks to establish.
Winehouse was found dead at her home in North London on Saturday afternoon.