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- Posted on Aug 1st 2011 3:30PM by Dan Reilly
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Tony Azzopardi, a 56-year-old who says he was a friend of Winehouse's, said he met her outside of a bar called the Eagle, which is located near her North London home, at 11:30PM on Friday, July 22. He claims they took a cab to West Hampstead, where they met a drug dealer they both knew, and Winehouse purchased a half-ounce each of crack cocaine and heroin, totaling £1,200.
"She gave me a kiss on the cheek and that was it -- the last time I saw her," Azzopardi, an admitted drug user, told the Daily Mirror. "She looked good, you know, fit -- like she'd been clean for a while and filled out a bit. I couldn't believe it when I found out she was gone."
Azzopardi, who met Winehouse through her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, will be interviewed again by police and said he came forward because "I want Amy's family to know the truth about what happened. I want to help them out -- but I'm worried about my safety." He says the dealer in question is a local "Mr. Big" who could seek revenge on him.
The news comes just days after Winehouse's family claimed she may have died from alcohol withdrawal. Friends also said that she had been clean in the weeks leading up to her death, but now the singer's former hairdresser has said she was definitely back on drugs.
"The two weeks leading up to it [her death], I was talking about it a lot. Just because of the Belgrade gig, it was just so obvious," "I'd never seen Amy on that level, I burst out crying because I know how hard it is."
As Spinner reported earlier today (Aug. 1), Winehouse has topped the UK charts following her death at age 27. A representative has also denied reports that she was adopting a girl from St. Lucia, saying that was simply "not true."