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Amy Winehouse's Dad Mitch Speaks Out On The Anniversary Of His Daughter's Death

23/07/2014 15:46 BST | Updated 23/07/2014 15:59 BST

Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch has spoken out on the third anniversary of his daughter’s death.

Mitch, a former London taxi driver who now performs his own concerts, has said that he feels Amy’s presence every time he steps on stage.

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Amy and Mitch in 2008

When asked if he feels Amy's presence still, Mitch tells The Sun: “She’s [Amy] there all right, I feel her, sense her.

“She’s standing next to me, every time I go out on that stage.

“She’s in here now saying, ‘Just get on with it, Dad’. I’m always speaking to her, all day, every day.”

Mitch also reveals that, in the time since Amy’s death, caused by an alcohol overdose, in 2011 he has become more focussed on “doing something that mattered”.

“Her passing was a mistake and at first she was very angry and upset — I could feel that — but now she’s more settled,” he explains. “Before she passed I wasn’t very industrious but now I’m a different person. It changed my life.

“After Amy died, I wanted to do something that mattered, which is how the Amy Winehouse Foundation came about.

“Who would have thought that three years on we would have achieved so much?

“I know Amy is very proud. She would not have wanted us to wallow in grief.”

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Mitch also reveals that he does hold Amy’s former husband Blake Fielder-Civil responsible for her death, stating: “I saw a documentary about Blake recently and I just felt bad for him. I saw a young man who looks desperately ill.

“Amy loved him and he loved her. I’m sure he misses Amy greatly.”

Following Amy’s death, Mitch established the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to educate young people on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Amy was found dead in her North London flat on 23 July 2011. Coroners later ruled that her death was due to alcohol poisoning.

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