Amy Winehouse’s ashes will be mixed with her beloved grandmother’s. The ‘Back to Black’ singer is due to be cremated today (26.07.11) in accordance with Jewish custom, and her family will fulfil her wish that her ashes are put with those of her grandmother, Cynthia, who died in 2006 from lung cancer.
The funeral – which was given permission to take place after the inquest into her death was opened and immediately adjourned at London’s St Pancras Coroner’s Court yesterday (25.07.11) following her passing on Saturday (23.07.11) – is thought to be taking place at Golders Green Crematorium in north London at 3pm.
A family friend said: “We all hope Amy can finally find some peace.”
After visiting Amy’s home to see tributes left by fans yesterday, her father Mitch, and mother, Janis – who split when she was nine – discussed the funeral options.
Amy idolised her grandmother, a jazz singer who dated saxophone player Ronnie Scott, and the tattoo of a woman in a red shirt on the top of her right arm was said to depict her. She also had her name tattooed on the same arm.
Meanwhile, Amy’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil will not be attending the funeral, after he was not granted compassionate leave from Armley Jail in Yorkshire, Northern England, where he is serving a 32-month sentence on charges of burglary and firearms offences.
Mitch has also said to have warned Blake to stay away from the service and from him and the rest of the family.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “Mitch thinks it would be a complete insult for him to be there and if he really loved Amy, he wouldn’t cause anymore heartache by showing up.
“There is no way back for him with Blake. He absolutely hates his guts.
“He will always believe Blake is responsible for getting his daughter hooked on Class A drugs which marked the beginning of her self-destruction.”
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