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10 years after Winehouse death, family ‘reclaims’ her story

(Ten years after the British singer’s premature death, her family and friends say it is time to stop defining her by her well-documented struggles with addiction and destructive relationships. Photo: AFP)

LONDON, (AFP):- Amy Winehouse may still be best known for her line: “They tried to make me go to rehab. But I said no, no, no.”

But 10 years after the British singer’s death at 27, her family and friends say it is time to stop defining her by her well-documented struggles with addiction and destructive relationships.

Winehouse’s parents have cooperated with a BBC documentary to air on the anniversary of her death on Friday, which her father Mitchell, known as Mitch, says gives a “more rounded image of Amy”.

The singer put her own experiences into original songs, such as “Back to Black” and “Rehab”, infused with jazz and soul influences and developed a distinctive personal style with a towering beehive hairdo and tattoos.

But her performances grew more erratic due to drug and alcohol use while tabloids published stories calling her “Amy Decline-house” or “wino”.

She died from alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011.

Narrated by her mother Janis Winehouse-Collins and titled “Reclaiming Amy”, the documentary to air on BBC2 features interviews with long-standing friends, including one, Catriona Gourley, who reveals she had a romantic relationship with Winehouse.

“You think you know my daughter — the drugs, the addiction, the destructive relationships — but there was so much more,” her mother says in the voiceover.

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