It’s estimated that around 200 people attended the late singer’s funeral in northwest London on Tuesday.
The funeral was a private service at Edgwarebury Cemetery for Amy Winehouse’s friends and family. The group included a couple of well-known faces, such as Kelly Osbourne, the producer Mark Ronson and Winehouse’s boyfriend Reg Traviss. Osbourne was among those seen wearing her hair in Winehouse’s trademark beehive style.
Winehouse’s father, Mitch, read a eulogy that ended, “Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.” A family spokesman said that he “told some great stories from childhood about how headstrong she was,” and also said that Mitch “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.”
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The service was led by Rabbi Frank Hellner and included prayers in both English and Hebrew. It ended with the Carole King classic, “So Far Away,” which has been said to be Winehouse’s favorite song. After the service, friends and family went to a cremation and family gathering at a synagogue in nearby Golders Green. According to Jewish law, the service had to take place as soon as possible after her death. Her ashes will be mingled with those of her grandmother Cynthia, who died of lung cancer in 2006.
The singer’s ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, wasn’t released from prison to attend the memorial, said a source (he’s currently serving a 32-month sentence for burglary and possession of an imitation firearm, according to media reports). But it’s also been reported that he’d been warned away by Winehouse’s father who “hates his guts.”
The Jewish ceremony of bereavement – shiva – will be observed for two days starting at 5:00 pm (12:00pm Eastern time). Guests were seen clutching postcard-sized invitations with a black-and-white picture of Winehouse on them. The healing may have begun, but Winehouse’s music will continue to live on. (via BBC)