Mitch Winehouse says that his singer daughter was killed by an excessively harsh detox regime. Her body, weakened by illness and years of addiction, just could not cope with it.
The Back To Black singer died at her Camden home on July 23. Toxicology results found that Amy Winehouse had no illegal drugs in her body at the time of her death, although traces of the prescription drug Librium, used to fight the withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism, was apparently found.
Mitch Winehouse and Amy’s mother Janis gave an interview for Anderson Cooper’s new show. In it, the father claimed that Amy Winehouse died as a result of a seizure caused by her extreme attempts to detox from alcohol.
Mitch had claimed that Amy Winehouse had been clean from drugs for a few years prior to her death.
“Everything Amy did, she did to excess. She drank to excess and did detox to excess,” Mitch said.
But he claimed his daughter’s detox regime was proceeding successfully, with longer periods of abstinence each time, and fewer and shorter instances of Amy returning to alcohol.
A dress worn by Amy Winehouse at a concert seven months before her death will be sold to raise money for Hopes and Dreams, a charity granting dreams to children with life-limiting illnesses.
The 1950s-inspired blue and pink dress signed “Amy X” on the front was worn during a gig in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 11.
You can see the full interview wit Mitch and Janis Winehouse during the premiere of Anderson on Monday.