'Back To Black' star passed away at age of 27 yesterday (July 23)

Amy Winehouse‘s father Mitch has spoken of his devastation following the singer’s death at the age of 27 yesterday (July 23).

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror from the US, the taxi driver-turned jazz singer said that Amy‘s passing had come as “such a shock”.

He commented:

This isn’t real. I’m completely devastated. I’m getting the next plane back. I’m coming home. I have to be with Amy.

“I can’t crack up for her sake. My family need me. I’m devastated, it’s such a shock,” he added.

Mitch was in New York at the time of the ‘Back To Black’ star’s death, as he was due to play two gigs at the city’s Blue Note venue tomorrow (July 25).

A statement on the venue’s website, Bluenote.net, confirmed that the shows had been cancelled and offered its condolences to Amy‘s family.

Amy Winehouse‘s body was found by police at her flat in Camden, London shortly after 4pm (BST) yesterday. It’s being reported that the singer died from a drugs overdose, although the official word from police is that her death is unexplained.

A host of the singer’s friends and fellow musicians have paid tribute to her, with the likes of Lily Allen, Jessie J, Kelly Osbourne and Boy George among those expressing their sadness.

‘Back To Black’ co-producer Mark Ronson described Winehouse as his “musical soulmate”, while Faces dedicated their gig at Hurtwood Park in Surrey last night to Winehouse’s memory.

NME.COM users have also been leaving their tributes on NME‘s Facebook page, Facebook.com/nmemagazine.

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