PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Amy Winehouse's distraught father has said he has been left "devastated and speechless" by her death.
Mitch Winehouse made the comments as he arrived outside the north London house where the singer was found dead on Saturday afternoon.
He was joined by the 27-year-old's mother, Janis, to look at tributes left at the edge of police cordons surrounding Amy's Camden home, including alcoholic drinks and cigarettes, alongside soft toys, flowers and candles.
Mitch thanked reporters and fans for coming and shook hands with many of them.
The star's grief-stricken mother was in tears when she looked at the tributes and took pictures of them on her mobile phone.
Mr Winehouse, who flew back from New York after hearing the news of his daughter's death, said: "I know a lot of you, we've been together for five, six years, I know you've got a job to do. I'm glad you're all here anyway. And you people in the street, I can't tell you what this means to us - it really is making this a lot easier for us.
"Amy was about one thing and that was love, her whole life was devoted to her family and her friends and to you guys as well.
"We're devastated and I'm speechless but thanks for coming."
The inquest into Amy's death was opened and adjourned but no cause of death was given. The coroner adjourned the case for a hearing on October 26.
A spokesman for the family said later: "The funeral will take place on Tuesday and will be a family and close friends affair."