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Charity launches on Amy's birthday

The mother of Amy Winehouse, found dead aged 27 in her north London flat, said her daughter would have been "proud" of a charity launching in her name which aims to help vulnerable young people.

The late singer's family have launched their foundation to mark what would have been the Rehab star's 28th birthday.

Her mother Janis said: "We want to give money to projects that make a direct difference. It is a source of great comfort to know that Amy would be proud of this and right behind it."

Winehouse had fought a lengthy public battle with drink and drug problems, but toxicology results showed there were no illegal substances in her system. Her family believe her death may have been related to a seizure caused by periods of drinking and detoxing.

One of the first major sources of income for the Amy Winehouse Foundation will be from the release of her duet with Tony Bennett, Body And Soul, which is released today. It will be given its first play on the Ken Bruce show on Radio 2.

Winehouse's father Mitch said: "Amy was very generous and we kept coming back to the thought of how much she loved children. It seemed appropriate that the focus of our work should be with young people, those who are vulnerable either through ill health or circumstance.

"Amy touched millions throughout the world and I know she will continue to, through the Foundation."

And in an interview with the Associated Press, Mitch said the fight to get her off drugs often turned physical as he tussled with the drug dealers and gangsters who were supplying his daughter with them.

He said his daughter finally budged once she saw how hurt her family was.

He says he was "naive" about her drug use early on but knew there were negative influences in the group that surrounded Amy.


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