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Victoria Johns

Amy Winehouse's dad wants her to be remembered for good she gave the world not her demons

The untimely death of singing sensation Amy Winehouse sent shockwaves through the world a decade ago.

Aged just 27, Amy died in 2011 after a public battle with drink and drugs, which overshadowed her phenomenal success as a six-times Grammy winner and one of the most talented artists of her generation.

As he prepares to mark a decade since his daughter's passing, Amy's dad, Mitch, 70, who charted his daughter's career right from when she was performing in jazz bars in Camden says it's now time to concentrate on her talent and loving nature rather than her demons.

As the Winehouse family prepare to mark Amy's passing at North London’s Edgwarebury Cemetery on Friday, Mitch says he will never get over his daughter's death.

Speaking to The Sun he said: “Every year is difficult but of course ten years on brings attention — which I understand but it brings it all back too. It’s hard to avoid being upset. In many ways we will never get over it, however long passes.

“But shortly afterwards, we will head somewhere for a meal and our focus will be on the amazing things about Amy’s life — her talent, her generosity and the love she showed us all.

Mitch Winehouse wants his daughter Amy to be remembered for the right reasons (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images))

“That’s become my mission, to make sure people think of Amy for all she gave the world and those around her, not just for her troubles with addiction.

“Of course we remember the big career highs, the awards, but my favourite memories are the smaller, more personal moments we shared."

Mitch spoke of his daughter's down-to earth nature remembering with fondness the first time Amy found global success.

He said that on a week she went to No1 all over the world, she invited him out for a quiet drink in Soho to celebrate, insisting that it was just them and no security.

Amy's parents and closest friends say they were powerless to stop the singer’s self-destruction when she turned from drugs to booze.

In a heart-breaking new documentary they tell how all efforts to help her failed.

Dad Mitch says the family staged multiple interventions, but adds: “You couldn’t tell her to do or not do something. If she was going to do it, she’d do it.

“Nobody controlled Amy. She was the governor.”

Mum Janis, who has multiple sclerosis, tells BBC2 film Reclaiming Amy: “I couldn’t help her. I wasn’t able to physically deal with things.”

Friend and stylist Naomi parry said: "It was Amy who decided to stop taking drugs. [But] she switched one addiction for another. [It] was a by-product of something else much deeper that needed addressing – and that was mental health issues.”

Amy was incredibly close to her family ((Photo by Gareth Davies/Getty Images))

Despite her untimely death, the star's legacy lives on in a charity which has been set up in Amy's name to help women aged 18 to 30 overcome drug and alcohol addiction.

Amy's Place has given dozens of young women struggling with substance abuse a future.

Mitch, who helps run the foundation, is hugely proud of his daughter's legacy however his family have been reportedly left feeling "betrayed" after the singer's best friend Tyler James released a tell-all book about their time together.

His book, My Amy: The Life We Shared, was published last week and detailed how Sheridan Smith helped save Amy's life two years before she died.

But her family have been left particularly upset after believing that Tyler would be the one person who wouldn't try to cash in on her fame.

A source previously told The Sun : "Tyler had been close since his early teens and they considered him one of their own. But they weren’t told or ­consulted about this book."

The insider added: "After all the financial support that Amy and her family gave Tyler, to hear these claims from him has left a bad taste in the mouth.”

Amy had a high profile battle with drink and drugs (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Mitch was portrayed in a negative light with the 2015 Oscar winning big screen documentary, Amy, which told the story of the British singer’s career triumphs, addiction to drink and drugs, and tragic death.

The Londoner – who slammed the documentary movie – says he will have more creative control than he was allowed in the Asif Kapadia directed doc.

The star's legacy lives on in a charitable foundation (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images))

Now a new dramatised film is in the works, which the family will be given some creative control over — though Mitch insists they do not have overall script approval.

He says he wants this film to be "right" and focus on her talent.

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