Amy Winehouse's mother says daughter's death not dad Mitch's fault

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Amy Winehouse's mother Janis has said she doesn't blame the singer's father Mitch for her death.

Speaking ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Rehab singer's death from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27, her mum said it was unfair to lay blame on Mitch Winehouse for the way he managed Amy's career.

Janis Winehouse told the Radio Times: "It wasn’t Mitchell’s fault. You didn’t tell Amy what to do. Nobody did.

"We all do wrong things sometimes, and the easy target was Mitchell. But all of us put in so much effort [to help Amy]."

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Mitch – who worked with Amy's manager Raye Cosbert – told The Times in 2015 he felt the documentary Back To Black painted him unfairly.

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Amy Winehouse's mother Janis has said her dad Mitch was not at fault in managing her career. (Getty Images)

He said: "I was a good father. Yes, I made mistakes, but we loved her. That's not shown in this film."

Mum Janis is to share her own account of Amy's rise to stardom and battle with alcohol in upcoming BBC2 documentary Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On.

She said: "I don't feel the world knew the true Amy, the one that I brought up, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to offer an understanding of her roots and a deeper insight into the real Amy."

She says in the documentary: "You think you know my daughter. The drugs, the drink, the addiction, the destructive relationships. But there was so much more."

Winehouse released her debut album Frank in 2003, but achieved widespread fame and international acclaim with her follow-up, 2006’s massive hit Back To Black.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Janis Winehouse and Mitch Winehouse attend the Music Walk Of Fame Amy Winehouse stone unveiling, the third stone to be placed on Camden Highstreet on March 04, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)
Janis and Mitch Winehouse have set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation in their daughter's memory. (Getty Images)

She enjoyed huge success with singles such as Rehab and Valerie but also fought a well-publicised battle with drug and alcohol abuse.

The singer was found dead at her home on 23 July 2011 and an inquest later found that she had died of alcohol poisoning.

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Following her death her parents set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity offering support and music therapy for young people.

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