Amy Winehouse's mum recalls the final words she said to her daughter

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    Amy Winehouse’s mum recalls the final words she said to her daughter while her step-dad breaks down in tears as they discuss the late singer ahead of 10th anniversary of her death

    • Janis and Richard spoke ahead of release of a BBC2 documentary to mark 10 years since the Back To Black hitmaker’s tragic passing aged just 27 
    • Amy died at her Camden home on July 23. An initial inquest reached a verdict of misadventure but a second concluded death by accidental alcohol poisoning 

    Amy Winehouse’s mother shared the heartbreaking final words to her daughter while her step-dad broke down in tears over her passing as they discussed the late singer on Thursday’s Lorraine. 

    Janis Winehouse-Collins and her husband Richard Collins spoke with Lorraine Kelly in the studio about the upcoming BBC2 documentary Reclaiming Amy ahead of the 10th anniversary of her death.

    Amy died at her Camden home on July 23 2011 aged just 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning. 

    Sad: Amy Winehouse's mother shared the heartbreaking final words to her daughter while her step-dad broke down in tears over her passing as they discussed the late singer on Thursday's Lorraine

    Sad: Amy Winehouse’s mother shared the heartbreaking final words to her daughter while her step-dad broke down in tears over her passing as they discussed the late singer on Thursday’s Lorraine

    Speaking with Lorraine in an exclusive interview, the grieving pair recalled their memories of Amy and told how they had tried to help her through her addictions, but insisted that ‘Amy did what Amy wanted to do’.

    During the chat, Janis, 66, sadly remembered the last words she said to her daughter before her tragic death.

    She said: ‘I remember exactly. I said to her, “Amy I love you’”and she said, “I love you too mummy.”

    Gone too soon: Amy died at her Camden home on July 23 2011 aged just 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning (Amy pictured in 2007)

    Gone too soon: Amy died at her Camden home on July 23 2011 aged just 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning (Amy pictured in 2007)

    ‘But that’s how we were and I could express my love to her, always. She was very protective of me.’

    Meanwhile, things took a very emotional turn as Richard recounted the agonising moment he was forced to tell his wife that her daughter had died.

    He explained: ‘It was the worst day of my life. I got the phone call to say that Amy had gone. It was actually her cousin, Martin that phoned.

    Grief: Janis Winehouse-Collins and her husband Richard Collins spoke with Lorraine Kelly in the studio about the upcoming BBC2 documentary Reclaiming Amy ahead of the 10th anniversary of her death

    Grief: Janis Winehouse-Collins and her husband Richard Collins spoke with Lorraine Kelly in the studio about the upcoming BBC2 documentary Reclaiming Amy ahead of the 10th anniversary of her death

    ‘I said, “Don’t be silly, we were with her yesterday.” And he said, “No, I’m being absolutely serious.”

    ‘And then I had to tell Janis. I said, “Janis, I don’t know what to say, she’s gone.” She looked at me and she thought I was talking about my mum, because my mum died a month after Amy – my mum was seriously ill.’

    Breaking down in tears at the memory, he went on: ‘She [Janis] said, “It’s just your mum” and I said, “No, no. Your baby, she’s really gone.” And Jan just stood there.’

    Janis then went on to tell of her shock at the heart-breaking news, telling Lorraine: ‘It took time for me, disbelief.’

    Memories: Speaking with Lorraine in an exclusive interview, the grieving pair recalled their memories of Amy and told how they had tried to help her through her addictions, but insisted that'Amy did what Amy wanted to do'

    Memories: Speaking with Lorraine in an exclusive interview, the grieving pair recalled their memories of Amy and told how they had tried to help her through her addictions, but insisted that ‘Amy did what Amy wanted to do’

    The last moment: Recalling the last words she said to Amy, Janis said:'I remember exactly. I said to her, "Amy I love you’"and she said, "I love you too mummy"

    The last moment: Recalling the last words she said to Amy, Janis said: ‘I remember exactly. I said to her, “Amy I love you’”and she said, “I love you too mummy”

    So close:'That’s how we were and I could express my love to her, always. She was very protective of me' (Amy and Janis pictured at her Grammy performance in 2008)

    So close: ‘That’s how we were and I could express my love to her, always. She was very protective of me’ (Amy and Janis pictured at her Grammy performance in 2008) 

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