Amy Winehouse Lives on through Foundation

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Amy Winehouse Lives on through Foundation


NEW YORK -- Singer Amy Winehouse's father says it's tough dealing with the loss of his daughter, but he's happy she is having a helpful impact on the world through the foundation named after her.

"Even after a small space in time -- we're talking a year since Amy passed away -- we are beginning, well, Amy is beginning, to have a positive effect on a lot of disadvantaged young people's lives," Mitch Winehouse said in an interview Friday.

Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011, at her London home from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. The Amy Winehouse Foundation was launched last year in the United Kingdom and in April in the United States.

Mitch Winehouse says he expected Monday -- the one-year anniversary of Amy's death -- to be difficult, but he would spend the day with family and friends. First they were to go to Amy's house for Jewish prayer and to be with the singer's fans. Then close friends were to head to a party at Jazz After Dark, which was "Amy's favourite jazz bar."

"There are going to be lots of tears and lots of laughter and that is exactly how Amy would have wanted it," he said.

Amy Winehouse was one of music's critically revered singers, praised for her touching lyrical content, soulful tone and authenticity. Her debut, Frank, was a U.K. success, but her breakthrough came with 2007's Back to Black, a multiplatinum effort that won her five Grammy Awards. Mitch Winehouse says during that peak, "she was Adele and Lady Gaga rolled into one."

In the United Kingdom, the Winehouse family has raised more than $1 million and has assisted various charities. …

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