Life-Size Amy Winehouse Statue Unveiled in London

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Today, a life-size bronze statue of Amy Winehouse was unveiled in the London neighborhood of Camden, on what would have been her 31st birthday (Winehouse passed away three years ago due to alcohol poisoning). Hundreds of fans gathered on site to witness the unveiling of the statue, which depicts Winehouse wearing a star of David necklace, with a real red rose crowning her iconic beehive hairdo. Her parents were on hand for the unveiling, with her father Mitch Winehouse — who started the Amy Winehouse Foundation to help those struggling with substance abuse issues — calling the day one of "incredibly mixed emotions."

"They don't put statues up for people who are with us anymore so it reinforces the fact that physically she's gone but spiritually she'll never leave us. I feel sad, very, very sad," he said. "We shouldn't be here but we are, this is the reality and we've just got to make the most of it. So this statue is part of making the most of it. Getting people to come here, spend some time with Amy and put a flower in her hair and remember her in a very positive way. That for me is wonderful."