September 13, 2011 7:59

Mitch Winehouse: 'I don't blame Blake Fielder-Civil for Amy Winehouse's death'

Singer's father says her death was 'a horrible accident'

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Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has said that he does not blame the singer's former husband Blake Fielder-Civil for her death earlier this year.

Speaking to The Sun, Mitch said that though he laid the blame for his daughter's drug addiction entirely at Fielder -Civil's door, he did not believe he could be held responsible for her eventual passing.

He said:

I blame him for a lot of things. He started her on the road to hard drugs. But her death was a horrible accident. It was her responsibility. She was told that if she detoxed without medical intervention, this whole thing could happen. He started her off on the road to drugs. But I don't blame him for her death.

Mitch said he also hoped that Fielder-Civil would donate any profits from his much rumoured book about his life with the singer to the foundation which is being set up to honour his daughter's memory.

He said of this: "We have been criticised for not letting Blake and his parents be a part of it. But I'm not aware they have been in touch. He can't be part of the foundation, because we'd be a laughing stock. But if he wants to make a donation, we'll take it. Someone told me Blake was going to write a book. What's he going to do with the money? I hope he's going to put it into the foundation."

Mitch also spoke about the singer's struggle to recover from drug addiction while her and Fielder-Civil were still together, revealing that her ex-husband once paid a fisherman to bring drugs to a secluded rehabilition centre.

Speaking about one of Winehouse's attempts to enter rehab for detox treatment, Mitch said:

They went to Osea Island in Essex, by helicopter. The only way you can get on the island is when the tide is out. I thought, 'There is no way they can get drugs on there'. But Blake got a fisherman to bring them in for them. When he came off the island, Blake said, 'I like being a drug addict. I like being on drugs. I have no intention of coming off drugs'. At that point I thought, 'We're in trouble here'. Amy was saying she couldn't be doing it any more — but her husband actually wanted to continue.

Mitch Winehouse will launch the Amy Winehouse Foundation tomorrow (September 14), on what would have been her 28th birthday. The foundation will help young people who are battling problems with alcohol and drugs.

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