‘Goodnight my angel, sleep tight’

THE grief-stricken father of singer Amy Winehouse told her to “sleep tight” as her family and friends said their last goodbyes.

In a heartfelt eulogy, Mitch Winehouse told mourners his daughter had “conquered” her drug addiction, was “trying hard to deal with her drinking”, and was happier than she had been for a long time.

The Grammy-award winning singer, who had battled drink and drug problems throughout her career, was found dead at her home in Camden on Saturday.

The funeral service at Edgwarebury Cemetery in north London ended to the strains of her favourite song, Carole King’s So Far Away.

Mitch Winehouse said his daughter had recently told him: “Dad I’ve had enough, I can’t stand the look on your and the family’s faces anymore.”

He also revealed plans to set up a foundation in his daughter’s name to help people struggling with addiction.

He added: “Knowing she wasn’t depressed, knowing she passed away, knowing she passed away happy, it makes us all feel better.”

His eulogy ended with the words: “Goodnight my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.”

Among the guests at the service, which included prayers in English and Hebrew, were stylist Alex Foden, who has been credited with creating Winehouse’s trademark beehive hairdo, producer Mark Ronson and singer Kelly Osbourne.

Winehouse’s bandmates, Zalon and Heshima Thompson, were among the select group included in the private ceremony.

A spokesman for the family said: “Mitch was funny, he told some great stories from childhood about how headstrong she was, and clearly the family and friends recognised the stories and laughed along.

“He 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.”

After the service, which was led by Rabbi Frank Hellner, Winehouse’s body was taken to Golders Green Crematorium.

The family will hold a two-day Shiva — a traditional period of mourning in the Jewish faith — after the service.

Alfie Ezekiel, a friend of Amy’s father, said: “Mitch gave a very good eulogy and he managed to get through it very well, considering. He said everything. I don’t want to go into detail but his last words were ‘Goodnight, my sweetheart’.”

He said the service was “joyful” and “celebrated” the 27-year-old singer’s life.

“It was very moving,” he added.

The 55-year-old, from Loughton, Essex, said between 300 and 400 mourners attended the service.

Relatives and friends, including her mother Janis, brother Alex and her boyfriend Reg Traviss, then travelled to the crematorium where her grandmother was cremated.

Meanwhile, police revealed they will have to wait up to four weeks for the results of toxicology tests to establish Winehouse’s cause of death.

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