A post-mortem examination carried out yesterday failed to establish the cause of the 27-year-old star’s death and toxicology results may take up to four weeks. However, Amy Winehouse’s body has been released by the coroner’s office.
It is believed that the funeral will take place at Golders Green Crematorium in north London at 3pm GMT (8am PDT) today.
Amy will be cremated and her ashes mixed with those of her beloved grandmother, Cynthia, who died from lung cancer in 2006.
Amy’s father, Mitch, said that his daughter ‘was devoted to her family and her friends’ and so a private funeral is what they feel she would have wanted. He and Amy’s mother, Janis, made an emotional visit to see the tributes left outside Amy Winehouse’s home in Camden, North London, the same house where she was found dead on Saturday.
Mitch and Janis Winehouse sobbed as they looked at the flowers, candles, cuddly toys and even cigarette boxes and alcoholic drinks left at the edge of police cordons surrounding the singer’s house.
Amy’s boyfriend, the film director Reg Traviss, also paid tribute to the singer, “such a beautiful, brilliant person and my dear love.” Her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, will not be attending the funeral as he was refused leave from Armley jail in Yorkshire, where he is currently servicing a 32-month sentence for burglary and firearms offences.
A spokesman for the family said the funeral, which Jewish law states must take place as soon as possible, would be “a family and close friends affair.” No details about the exact location or time of the ceremony were revealed, but it is believed that it is likely to take place in the North London area.
An inquest was opened and adjourned until October 26, but no cause of death was given. The circumstances around her death were described as “non-suspicious” by the coroner’s office.