A foundation set up in memory of troubled British soul singer Amy Winehouse will be housed in her London home, Amy’s Dad Mitch Winehouse has announced.
Winehouse was found dead in her home in Camden last month at the age of 27, and while the songstress has long been known to struggle with substance abuse- her biggest hit, “Rehab,” chronicled industry pressure for her to get and stay sober- an autopsy performed after her death revealed no obvious cause of death. Toxicology tests on Winehouse’s body are pending, and are not expected to be officially entered until a hearing planned for October.
In the meantime, a foundation in Winehouse’s name is in the process of being set up by her family, although the details of its focus are not yet clear:
“Something to help the things she loved — children, horses — but also to help those struggling with substance abuse,” he said. “In this country, if you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two year waiting list for help… We are trying to change that.”
Last week, Amy’s dad tweeted about the Amy Winehouse Foundation, saying:
Once again, thank you for your love. The foundation is going to help thousands of people. that is Amy’s legacy. Mitch
“They think it’s too precious to give up, hence the new HQ idea… They don’t want to rent it out and if they sold it they think it could attract the wrong kind of buyer as it was where Amy passed away. They may sell one day but that would be some way off.”
The Amy Winehouse Foundation’s mission statement will be officially released on her birthday, September 14th.