Amy Winehouse remembered on 10th anniversary of her death

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Amy Winehouse remembered on 10th anniversary of her death

Fans will mark 10 years since the death of Amy Winehouse on Friday.

The singer, best known for songs including Back To Black and Rehab, died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 at her home in Camden north London on July 23 2011.

The anniversary has been met with a flurry of books and documentaries recalling the star’s musical highs and difficult final years.

Singer-songwriter Tyler James, a close friend since the age of 13, has published My Amy: The Life We Shared, a memoir of their time together.

BBC Two will also broadcast a one-off documentary titled Reclaiming Amy on Friday at 9pm, aiming to uncover “the real Amy” behind the public persona.

It will feature interviews with her mother Janis Winehouse as well as previously unseen footage from the Winehouse family collection, plus BBC archive content.

Janis lives with multiple sclerosis, a brain condition which can lead to memory loss, and she hopes that by taking part in the project she can make a permanent record showing a different side to her daughter.

A previous documentary about the singer’s life, Asif Kapadia’s 2015 feature Amy, won the Oscar for best documentary feature but was heavily criticised by Winehouse’s father, who described it as a “sham”.

Director Asif Kapadia (PA)
Director Asif Kapadia (PA)

Former taxi driver and jazz singer Mitch Winehouse claimed the film left out positive aspects of his daughter’s life including her clothes designing and charity work.

Winehouse’s goddaughter singer Dionne Bromfield has also made a documentary, which airs on MTV UK on Monday at 10pm, making a decade since her death.

Amy Winehouse And Me: Dionne’s Story sees Bromfield discuss the impact Winehouse had on her and also features previously unseen footage.

The Back To Black singer’s death in 2011 came after a battle with alcohol and drugs.

Dionne Bromfield (Ian West/PA)
Dionne Bromfield (Ian West/PA)

Her family set up charitable organisation the Amy Winehouse Foundation on what would have been her 28th birthday to combat drug and alcohol abuse among young people and help them overcome eating disorders or self-harm.

Across her celebrated career, Winehouse won several prestigious awards, including a number of Grammys, a Brit, a Mobo and three Ivor Novellos.

Winehouse was immortalised with a life-size bronze statue – complete with her trademark beehive hairdo – in Camden on what would have been her 31st birthday in 2014.

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