"There are so many things that happen to me that I cannot explain"
Amy Winehouse‘s father Mitch has opened up about life since her tragic passing, claiming that he is regularly visited by her spirit.
The soul sensation died from alcohol poisoning aged just 27 back in July 2011. However, her father Mitch has said that he still feels her presence through a variety of ‘strange happenings’.
“We do have our moments, particularly on her birthday, September 14. It’s hard,” Mitch told The Sun. “After three years I was thinking maybe that one day she will come back in some shape or form, and she does come back — not physically, but spiritually — all the time.
“I could not begin to tell you how much she is around.”
Mitch went on: “There are lots of strange happenings. Her spirit comes and sits on the end of my bed. She just sits there and it looks just like her with her beautiful face and she looks at me. I say to her, ‘Are you all right?’ because I get nervous with her being there.
“But it is comforting in a way to know she is here and around me.”
He added that shortly after her death, he believed that she was visited by her spirit in the form of the blackbird from one her tattoos. The ink was accompanied by the words “never clip my wings”.
“The week after she died I was at my sister’s house and we heard this thud and a blackbird that looked identical to Amy’s tattoo flew into the glass,” Mitch continued. “We went and picked it up and put it up on a perch. It happened at night, when birds don’t fly, but it came back and sat on my foot.”
“And then we put it back again and it came and sat in the middle of us and sang. I do now see blackbirds all the time. And you think, ‘Oh, it’s only a bird,’ but it’s her, I’m sure of it.”
He added: “There are so many things that happen to me that I cannot explain.”
Winehouse’s life, rise to fame, struggles with fame and battles with addiction became the subject of the acclaimed documentary ‘Amy‘ in 2015. Last year, it emerged that her family are looking to re-tell her story as a West End Musical.
Mitch said that they were looking to take her life to the stage – focussing more on her music and talent rather than her battles with drugs.
“A musical celebrating her life and music is being talked about for the near future,” said Mitch. “It is something I’d really like to happen and I’ve said I’m happy for it to go ahead.”
He added: “It would be for the West End. We want to do something that remembers Amy for what she was, there’s so much more to her than just the drugs and the alcohol.”
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Since her death, the family have been continuing her legacy through charity work with The Amy Winehouse Foundation.