Ten years ago, on July 23, 2011, soul singer Amy Winehouse died at the age of only 27 as a result of alcohol poisoning.
For her mother Janis (66) the most terrible day of her life, which she still talks about with tears in her eyes.
Especially the last conversation with her daughter, which took place the day before Amy’s death at a face-to-face meeting, remains in her head.
“I said to her: ‘Amy, I love you'”, Mom Janis remembered now on the British TV show “Lorraine”. Amy’s answer: “I love you too, Mommy.”
About her always loving mother-daughter relationship, Janis says: “I was always able to express my love for her. And she has always protected me very much. “
Amy’s stepfather Richard Collins, the second husband of Mama Janis (married since 2011), was there when she publicly remembered her girl on the occasion of Amy’s 10th anniversary of death.
For him, too, July 23, 2011 was the “worst day” of his life, he said. Because at that time he had to deliver the terrible news of his death to his wife.
“I got the call saying Amy was dead,” he recalled. “It was her cousin Martin who called. I also said: Don’t be silly, we were with her yesterday! “
“Janis, I don’t know what to say, she left us,” he tried to explain to his wife. Janis first thought it was about her husband’s mother, who was seriously ill at the time and was to die just a month after Amy Winehouse.
“No no. Your baby is dead, ”he tried to explain, Richard Collins recalled on TV as he fought back tears. His wife just stood there and couldn’t believe it.
Mama Janis: “It took me a long time. I could not believe it.”
On the 10th anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s death, the BBC will be showing the new documentary on Friday „Reclaiming Amy“, in which her mother Janis, her father and many companions tell their view of things and want to set up a cinematic memorial to Amy.