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The moment I found out she'd died: Amy Winehouse's dad opens up

The moment I found out she'd died: Amy Winehouse's dad opens up
Father and daughter in 2008
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Mitch Winehouse went into a 'terrible state of shock' when he heard news of his daughter's death.

The 60-year-old musician has opened up to The Sun about his daughter Amy's tragic death, revealing he had been in New York at a family gathering when he recieved the news.

"I was at my cousin's, cudding his newborn babies," said Mr Winehouse.

"He has just been asking me how Amy was. I said she was fine- then my phone rang.

"It was…her security guard, in tears. He said something terrible had happened. Amy had died. I couldn't understand him at first. I was like ice.

"I told him to tell me again….I was in a terrible state of shock."

Mr Winehouse was in New York to play a show at a jazz club, but naturally flew straight back to London when he found out Amy had passed away.

There, he found thousands of fans outside his daughter's London home.

But Mr Winehouse told The Sun he believes in life after death and said he wouldn't allow his daughter's death to "get me depressed."

In the interview, he also revealed that the Amy Winehouse Foundation will be launched on Wednesday, 14 September, to coincide with what would have been the singer's birthday.

The Foundation will work to help young people struggling with addiction.

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