Amy Winehouse's father Mitch wants daughter to be remembered for successes

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch wants daughter to be remembered for successes
Amy Winehouse's father Mitch wants daughter to be remembered for successes

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch wants his late daughter to be remembered for her successes, including the charity set up in her honour and the royalties which have helped out her family members.

His words come ahead of the 10 year anniversary of the singer's death - she died from alcohol poisoning at her Camden home on July 23 2011 aged just 27.

Discussing his daughter's legacy in an interview with The Sun, Mitch said his mission was to make sure people remember Amy for 'her talent, her generosity and the love she showed us all' and 'not just her troubles with addiction.' 

Legacy: Amy Winehouse's father Mitch (pictured together in 2008) wants his late daughter to be remembered for her successes, including the charity set up in her honour and the royalties which have helped out her family members.

Legacy: Amy Winehouse's father Mitch (pictured together in 2008) wants his late daughter to be remembered for her successes, including the charity set up in her honour and the royalties which have helped out her family members.

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Since her untimely death, her parents, Mitch and mother Janis, set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation 2011 in their daughter's memory. 

The organisation, one element Mitch is keen for the singer to be remembered for, helps to educate young people about substance abuse and was founded off the back of Amy's 'love for children and challenges she faced'

It also set up 'Amy's Place, a refuge which can house up to 16 young women at a time while they learn how to adapt to real life and maintain recovery after being in a rehabilitation facility. 

In addition, Amy's songs are still regularly played and admired, pouring in royalties to this day. 

Remembering the good: Discussing his daughter's legacy, Mitch vowed to make sure people remember Amy (pictured in 2007) for 'her talent, her generosity and the love she showed us all' and not just her battles with addiction

Remembering the good: Discussing his daughter's legacy, Mitch vowed to make sure people remember Amy (pictured in 2007) for 'her talent, her generosity and the love she showed us all' and not just her battles with addiction

Discussing the money Amy's music still brings to her family, Mitch said: 'Amy’s mum Janis and I manage her estate, and yes of course her music still makes a lot of money, what she did has set her whole family up. 

'The thing is, though, and I can’t say this clearly enough, I would give back every penny just to have my daughter back

'Ten years after her death, she is still looking after her loved ones — her family and many of her friends have been supported by her — and that’s typical of her. She was generous in life and in many ways she still is now.'

Mitch's words come as Amy's family prepare to air their BBC Two documentary, Reclaiming Amy, for the 10 year anniversary of her death.  

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In her memory: Since her untimely death, her parents, Mitch and mother Janis (pictured 2008 with the singer), set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation 2011 in their daughter's memory

In her memory: Since her untimely death, her parents, Mitch and mother Janis (pictured 2008 with the singer), set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation 2011 in their daughter's memory 

In it, her loved ones described her as 'the governor' and 'a feral cat' as they revealed they were powerless to stop her drugs and alcohol addiction. 

In scenes from the programme, Mitch explained, despite them all staging several interventions to help her, 'you couldn't tell her what to do'.

During the special programme, Mitch, reported by The Mirror, said: 'You couldn't tell her to do or not do something. If she was going to do it, she'd do it. Nobody controlled Amy. She was the governor.'

Amy's friend and stylist Naomi Parry echoed Mitch's sentiments: 'She looked like you could put her over your shoulder and take her somewhere but it would be like picking up a feral cat. It's going to scratch your eyes out.'

Helpless: Amy's loved ones have described her as 'the governor' and 'a feral cat' as they revealed they were powerless to stop her drugs and alcohol addiction

Helpless: Amy's loved ones have described her as 'the governor' and 'a feral cat' as they revealed they were powerless to stop her drugs and alcohol addiction

Powerless: In the programme, Amy's father Mitch explained, despite them all staging several interventions to help her, 'you couldn't tell her what to do'.  Pictured: Amy at Glastonbury in 2007

Powerless: In the programme, Amy's father Mitch explained, despite them all staging several interventions to help her, 'you couldn't tell her what to do'.  Pictured: Amy at Glastonbury in 2007

In the documentary tribute to the late singer, Amy's mother also explained she was not able to physically deal with her daughter's addictions because she was suffering with multiple sclerosis. 

It comes after Amy's mother shared the heartbreaking final words to her daughter while her step-dad choked back tears over her passing as they discussed the late singer on Thursday's Lorraine. 

Janis and her husband Richard Collins spoke with Lorraine Kelly in the studio about the upcoming documentary. 

Speaking with Lorraine in an exclusive interview, the grieving pair recalled their memories of Amy and told how they had tried to help her through her addictions, but insisted that 'Amy did what Amy wanted to do'.

Sad: Amy's mother shared the heartbreaking final words to her daughter while her step-dad choked back tears over her passing as they discussed the late singer on Thursday's Lorraine

Sad: Amy's mother shared the heartbreaking final words to her daughter while her step-dad choked back tears over her passing as they discussed the late singer on Thursday's Lorraine

During the chat, Janis, 66, sadly remembered the last words she said to her daughter before her tragic death.

She said: 'I remember exactly. I said to her, 'Amy I love you'and she said, 'I love you too mummy.'

'But that's how we were and I could express my love to her, always. She was very protective of me.'

Meanwhile, things took a very emotional turn as Richard recounted the agonising moment he was forced to tell his wife that her daughter had died.

He explained: 'It was the worst day of my life. I got the phone call to say that Amy had gone. It was actually her cousin, Martin that phoned.

Grief: Janis Winehouse-Collins and her husband Richard Collins spoke with Lorraine Kelly in the studio about the upcoming BBC2 documentary Reclaiming Amy ahead of the 10th anniversary of her death

Grief: Janis Winehouse-Collins and her husband Richard Collins spoke with Lorraine Kelly in the studio about the upcoming BBC2 documentary Reclaiming Amy ahead of the 10th anniversary of her death

'I said, 'Don't be silly, we were with her yesterday.' And he said, 'No, I'm being absolutely serious.'

'And then I had to tell Janis. I said, 'Janis, I don't know what to say, she's gone.' She looked at me

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