Amy Winehouse’s Dad: “She Was the Happiest She Has Been in Years”

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By Michael Lewittes

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Amy Winehouse‘s father Mitch says the fact that his daughter was happy at the time of her death has made his suffering a bit more manageable.

Winehouse said in a statement today, “She was the happiest she has been for years. She was not depressed. She saw [her mom] Janis and [her boyfriend] Reg [Traviss] on Friday and was in good spirits. That night, she was in her room, playing drums and singing.” He explains, “Knowing that she wasn’t depressed, knowing that she passed away happy — it makes us all feel better.”

Winehouse also says his daughter had beat her drug addiction, although she was still trying to overcome her alcohol problem. “Three years ago, Amy conquered her drug dependency,” he said. “The doctors said it was impossible, but she really did it. She was trying hard to deal with her drinking and had just completed three weeks of abstinence.” He adds that his daughter was happy with her boyfriend, and “was looking forward to their future together.”

The “Back to Black” singer’s dad says he’s planning to create a foundation in his daughter’s name, “Something to help the things she loved — children, horses — but also to help those struggling with substance abuse.”

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