The family of singer Amy Winehouse say they have been left “bereft” by her death at the age of 27.
Celebrities and fans have lined up to pay tribute to the singer after she was found dead at her home in Camden, north London on Saturday.
The family’s statement said: “Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. She leaves a gaping hole in our lives. We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time.”
Winehouse battled drink and drug problems throughout her career and news of her death was quickly followed by suggestions that it could be related to one or the other.
But Superintendent Raj Kohli has warned it is “inappropriate” to speculate at this stage on the cause of death, which is being treated as “unexplained”. A post-mortem is likely to take place on Monday.
One of Winehouse’s security team had found her and called an ambulance.
The singer’s grief-stricken mother Janis told the Sunday Mirror she had seen her daughter the day before she was found dead. She said: “She seemed out of it. But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me.”
The performer had said “I love you” at the end of a day out together, and her mother said she would always treasure those words.
Father Mitch, who flew back from New York when he heard the news, said: “This isn’t real. I’m completely devastated.”
Celebrities including Russell Brand, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and producer Mark Ronson have all paid tribute to the multi-award winning performer, with Brand, a former addict, calling her “a genius” and saying addiction should be treated like a potentially fatal illness.