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- Posted on Sep 12th 2011 12:01PM by Theo Spielberg
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The foundation will launch on Sept. 14 and aims to help other young addicts avoid Amy's tragic fate. At the time of her death, Winehouse was reportedly enjoying a period of sobriety and experiencing "her happiest six months for years," according to The Sun. In an interview last week with Anderson Cooper, Mitch voiced his opinion that Amy passed away due to complications with Librium, a drug used to fight alcoholism.
Of the blue-eyed soul singer's death, Mitch recalled, "I was in New York when I found out. I was at my cousin's, cuddling his newborn babies. He had just been asking me how Amy was. I said she was fine -- then my phone rang."
"It was Andrew, her security guard, in tears," Mitch continued. "He said something terrible had happened. Amy had died. I couldn't understand him at first. I was like ice. I was cool as a cucumber.
"The flight home was horrendous. In my mind, I was saying, 'Stop messing about, Amy'. She was a practical joker and I just hoped everyone had it wrong -- even though I knew it was right. The joke had gone too far. It was horrible. I couldn't cry. I wasn't able to do anything. I was just numb. I just needed to get back to my wife Jane and the family."
At the time of her death, Winehouse had both Librium and traces of alcohol in her bloodstream, tests have shown. However, no illegal drugs were found in her system.
"Amy's success in dealing with her drug issues -- she was a recovered drug addict -- was that she chose to deal with it," Mitch said of his daughter's longstanding substance-abuse problems.
He also stressed the human quality of his daughter, saying, "She had a super talent. She tried to explain it to me once, how she wrote a song." He added, "It was like Albert Einstein trying to explain the theory of relativity. She didn't understand that I didn't understand. She didn't get it. She was just normal."