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Amy Winehouse funeral set Tuesday afternoon

Other News Materials 26 July 2011 17:06
The funeral of retro-soul singer Amy Winehouse, who was found dead in her London apartment at the weekend, was to take place Tuesday in London, according to a family spokesman.
Amy Winehouse funeral set Tuesday afternoon

The funeral of retro-soul singer Amy Winehouse, who was found dead in her London apartment at the weekend, was to take place Tuesday in London, according to a family spokesman,dpa reported.

The time and place of the funeral, which was only for family and close friends, were not given, though the Daily Mail newspaper reported she would be cremated at a ceremony at 3 pm (1400 GMT) in a Jewish area of north London.

Meanwhile, the singer's former boyfriend, 35-year-old film director Reg Traviss, told the Sun newspaper he had lost his "dear love."

"I can't describe what I am going through and I want to thank so much all of the people who have paid their respects and who are mourning the loss of Amy, such a beautiful, brilliant person and my dear love," he said in his first comments after the death.

He also said she had been "full of life and so upbeat recently, exercising everyday and doing yoga. This terrible thing that happened is like an accident."

According to the Sun, Winehouse's family believed she died of a heart attack caused by alcohol addiction rather than her widely reported drugs binges.

Police have said the 27-year-old's death was being treated as "not suspicious." A first post-mortem examination on Monday was inconclusive, and a full toxicology report could take up to a month.

Earlier media reports said the troubled singer had bought a combination of hard drugs late Friday before being found dead by a security guard in her north London home on Saturday afternoon.

Other media reports said she had spent Friday evening watching television with the guard.

She was also said to be depressed over the break-up of a recent relationship.

The police have not commented on reports of an overdose of drugs or alcohol or possible contaminated drugs.

"It would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death," Police Superintendent Raj Kohli said at the weekend.

The singer, known for her trademark beehive hairdo and sailor tattoos, had cancelled all her tour dates and engagements in June after a series of erratic public appearances amid rumours of bulimia and depression.

She last was seen in public Wednesday night in an impromptu appearance joining her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield on stage in a small London venue.

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