Amy Winehouse’s family left ‘bereft’ by her death

The late singer's family has her death leaves a 'gaping hole' in their lives

The family of Amy Winehouse have spoken out about the Back to Black singer’s tragic death, describing the ‘gaping hole’ left in their lives by the loss of the star.

Amy died on Saturday, at the age of 27 and was found by paramedics at her Camden home.

Speaking of how they have been ‘left bereft’ by the sad event, they asked for ‘privacy and space’ to be allowed to come to terms with the singer’s death.

‘Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece,’ the Winehouse family’s statement read.

‘She leaves a gaping hole in our lives. We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time.’

Amy’s father Mitch, who flew back from New York when he heard the news, said: ‘This isn’t real. I’m completely devastated.’

Close friend of the star Mark Ronson last night pulled out of a London gig, while Amy’s 15-year-old Goddaughter Dionne Bromfield cancelled the rest of her tour.

Metropolis Music, the singer’s management company also released a statement saying: ‘We are trying to come to terms with the death of a dear friend and colleague, the most amazing artist and talent.

‘We will always remember Amy as a vibrant, funny, caring young woman who made everyone around her feel welcome. We have lost a very special person, part of our family.’

And yesterday fans paid tribute in their own way, sending the singer’s 2006 hit Back to Black to the top of the iTunes chart.

Others lit candles, laid photographs and left drinks and cigarettes outside the singer’s Camden home.

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed the cause of Amy’s death is still being treated as unexplained, with an examination of her body due later today.

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