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Amy Winehouse's father reveals addiction foundation plan

Amy Winehouse

Story by Jack Foley

THE father of Amy Winehouse has revealed plans to set up a foundation in his daughter’s name to help people struggling with addiction.

Speaking to the BBC at his daughter’s funeral earlier this week, Mitch Winehouse said: “If you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two-year waiting list for help.”

He immediately received the backing of Keith Vaz MP, who has offered to help with the foundation as Mr Winehouse gave evidence to the Commons home affairs select committee during its inquiry into drugs in 2009.

Amy Winehouse was found dead at her home in London on Saturday, July 23, but the cause of death so far remains inconclusive until the results of a toxicology report are revealed.

But that could take up to four weeks, an inquest that was opened into her death at London’s St Pancras Coroner’s Court heard on Monday. The inquest has been adjourned until October 26.

Speaking at the funeral, however, Mitch maintained that his 27-year-old Grammy winning daughter had “conquered” her drug addiction and had been “trying hard to deal with her drinking”.

He said she had been her happiest “for years” in her final days and had even spoken to them on her determination to get sober, saying: “Dad, I’ve had enough. I can’t stand the look on your and the family’s faces any more.

“Knowing she wasn’t depressed, knowing she… passed away happy, it makes us all feel better,” he added.

Endorsing Mitch’s determination to set up a foundation, leading charity DrugScope said it was important support was available to those with addictions – but it did dispute his claim there was a two-year waiting list for rehabilitation.

According to figures from the National Treatment Agency, 94% of patients receive some form of drug treatment within three weeks.