Amy Winehouse’s mother: ‘She seemed out of it’

Singer Amy Winehouse of England performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Arganda del Rey, on the outskirts of Madrid on July 4, 2008. British police say singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The singer was 27 years old.
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Singer Amy Winehouse of England performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Arganda del Rey, on the outskirts of Madrid on July 4, 2008. British police say singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The singer was 27 years old.
Posted July 23, 2011, at 2:11 p.m.
Last modified July 24, 2011, at 3:43 p.m.
Amy Winehouse performs on stage during her concert in Belgrade, Serbia on June 18, 2011. British police say singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The singer was 27 years old.
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Amy Winehouse performs on stage during her concert in Belgrade, Serbia on June 18, 2011. British police say singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The singer was 27 years old.

LONDON — Amy Winehouse’s mother said the singer was not well when they met a day before she died, a British newspaper reported Sunday, while her family mourned the loss of “a wonderful daughter, sister, niece.”

The Sunday Mirror quoted Janis Winehouse as saying she believed it was “only a matter of time” before her daughter died. The 27-year-old singer was found dead at her London home on Saturday.

“She seemed out of it. But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me,” Janis told the tabloid.

Ambulance crews called to her home in north London’s Camden area Saturday afternoon found the singer dead before they arrived. Police said the cause of her death is being treated as “unexplained,” rejecting speculation that she died from a drug overdose as “inappropriate.” A post-mortem is expected Monday or Tuesday.

The Winehouse family said in a statement it was remembering her and requested privacy.

“Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. She leaves a gaping hole in our lives,” the statement said.

Fans from around the world and neighbors have left a growing pile of flowers, candles and messages outside Winehouse’s home as tributes from celebrities poured in. One of the messages read “R.I.P. Never Forgotten,” while another said “It’s all right, love. Go now.”

 

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