July 21, 2012 11:44

Elton John: 'Amy Winehouse's death was a great tragedy'

'Good Morning To The Night' singer talks about Winehouse as the first anniversary of her death approaches

Elton John: 'Amy Winehouse's death was a great tragedy'
Elton John has described Amy Winehouse's death as "one of the greatest tragedies".

The 'Good Morning To The Night' singer paid tribute to the late Winehouse, who died in her house in Camden a year ago on Monday (July 23), in a heartfelt interview where he praises the singer.

Elton John told The Sun: "It's incredible that it's been a year. It's one of the greatest tragedies. I saw her at the Shepherds Bush Empire when she’d just got married to Blake. It was a sensational show.

"I saw her afterwards and said, 'I've seen all the great singers, and you're up there with all of them'. She never really recorded that much. She made two albums and bits and bobs which came out on Lioness, that's it. You have to feel for her parents and family."

Amy Winehouse was found dead at her Camden home on the afternoon of July 23, 2011. She was 27-years-old. Coroners later confirmed that the singer, who had battled drink and drug addiction for several years, had died of alcohol poisoning.

After her death, the singer's family set up a charitable trust in her name. The Amy Winehouse Foundation aims to provides support for "young people, especially those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, ?nancial disadvantage or addiction".

A posthumous compilation of previously unreleased recordings, 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures', was released in aid of the foundation last December. It debuted at Number One on the UK albums chart and has since gone double platinum. Earlier this month(July 5), Winehouse's father Mitch revealed that two further posthumous albums are planned.

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