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Amy Winehouse Foundation launches on singer's birthday

Winehouse performs for the Grammy's via satellite from London. (Steffen Schmidt)

September 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Amy Winehouse Foundation launched on Wednesday, on what would have been the late singer's 28th birthday.

Her father, Mitch Winehouse created the youth charity following his daughter's death.

Amy Winehouse, who had struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, was found dead at her London home on July 23.

Mitch Winehouse believes his daughter died of a seizure related to alcohol detoxification. He says her death was a complete shock because she had been clean for years.

"Had this have happened 3 or 4 years previously, to be honest with you, I would have held my hands up and said, fair enough," said Mitch Winehouse. "Her recovery, as I'm sure we'll speak about later from drug addiction, was extraordinary."

Mitch Winehouse admitted he sometimes fought off drug dealers who supplied his daughter.

"I spent my time fighting with drug dealers, and I mean proper fighting," Mitch Winehouse said in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. "And I'm a middle-aged man, who is overweight, having fistfights with people."

He says his daughter finally budged on getting help once she saw how hurt her family was.

A full death investigation begins next month.

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