Amy Winehouse's Father Physically Fought Her Drug Dealers

4:06 PM PST 09/14/2011 by THR staff
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Mitch Winehouse said that he his daughter decided to quit her drug and alcohol addition after seeing how her family was affected.

After appearing on Anderson Cooper's new talker Anderson on Monday, Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, revealed to the Associated Press, that he physically fought with drug dealers and gangsters who were giving his daughter drugs.

"I spent my time fighting with drug dealers, and I mean proper fighting," he said in the interview. "And I'm a middle-aged man, who is overweight, having fistfights with people."

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He said that his daughter decided to quit her drug and alcohol addiction after seeing how greatly her family was affected. "She witnessed all this stuff going on, of how her family and her friends were fighting gangsters and she decided she didn't want to put her family in that position anymore," he said.

Winehouse admitted to not knowing the true extent of her problems until months before she made the decision to stop using drugs. "I didn't know the extent of her problem until maybe four months before she decided to quit," he said.

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Winehouse shared that "she was certainly talking to me about having children," but said that he didn't know "what her ultimate plans were."

Winehouse, who believes that his daughter died of a seizure due to detoxing from alcohol, launched The Amy Winehouse Foundation on the singer's would-be 28th birthday.

He admitted that he struggles with listening to her albums. "I couldn't ever listen to Back to Black … because it reminded me of dark times," Winehouse admits.

Amy Winehouse appears on the Tony Bennett's "Body and Soul," which was released on Wednesday and some its sales will help the foundation. Mitch Winehouse said that he hopes his daughter's unreleased music will some day be released, teasing that there were recordings of a teenage Amy Winehouse that he'd like to make available.

"Some of it is better quality than others," he said. "We're not going to rip anybody off; we want to make sure it's good and it's good quality."

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