Plans to unveil a statue of late British singer Amy Winehouse in London have been postponed after her father decided he was unhappy with the final design. Officials in the British capital have given the go ahead for a tribute to the tragic star to be unveiled outside the Roundhouse venue in Camden, north London, and the finished product was due to be presented later this month (Sep13).
However, the unveiling may now be delayed after her dad Mitch found fault with the bronze by artist Scott Eaton.
Winehouse's former boyfriend Reg Traviss tells Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, "Mitch wants it to be just right and he doesn't want anything to go up that he's not completely satisfied with. But obviously it's never going to look exactly like her."
Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.
The stars' relationship was revealed in September (12) after they were spotted kissing outside the moviemaker's London apartment.
Traviss publicly acknowledged his new girlfriend in December (12) when he praised her for supporting him after he was falsely accused of rape - but now it appears the romance has fizzled out.
Editors at Britain's Sunday People report the actress revealed at the U.K.'s National Television Awards on Wednesday (23Jan13) that the relationship was over, and a source adds, "Sheridan really liked Reg. They got on so well but things just didn't work out."
Traviss was dating Winehouse when she died from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
The filmmaker was taken to court over claims he twice assaulted a 27-year-old female friend while she was drunk and sleeping at his apartment in London on New Year's Eve (31Dec11), but a jury cleared him of any wrongdoing on Thursday (13Dec12).
Traviss, who was dating Winehouse when she died from alcohol poisoning last year (Jul11), has now thanked his new girlfriend, TV and stage star Smith, for sticking by his side through the ordeal.
He says, "She has been a real strength throughout. I am really relieved it's all over."
Traviss is now calling for anonymity for rape case defendants, adding, "I never did it. The last nine months has been crazy. It feels like anyone can make a complaint and have their day in court. A train starts running and in this case the person who made the complaint wasn't investigated."
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had alleged she was so drunk she could not stand after their night out, but her story unravelled as security footage showed her walking steadily when she and Traviss left a bar.
Music executives, band mates, close friends, family members, and even some celebs gathered today at a synagogue in Edgware, North London, to pay tribute to the recently departed singer, Amy Winehouse. Her funeral was was attended by about 150 people, including close friend Kelly Osbourne, her Back to Black producer, Mark Ronson, and boyfriend Reg Traviss.
The hour-long service was partially in Hebrew due to her Jewish heritage and a spokesperson commented that her father's eulogy was "funny" claiming he was "telling stories about her childhood, people were laughing like a celebration – like they all remembered the stories themselves." One mourner commented that the funeral was "very moving yet quite very humorous at times. It was a wonderful tribute to Amy." They ended the memorial by playing Caroline King's So Far Away song, one of Amy's favorites. After, everyone headed over to the Golders Green crematorium, where the family is having Winehouse cremated. A rep explained, "I think because her grandmother was cremated at the same place, so it was a family tradition to be cremated."
Shiva, a Jewish grief custom, starts at 5 p.m. tonight.
Updated: Reports are showing that the British singer will be laid to rest at a private funeral on Tuesday, July 26th. Winehouse is survived by her parents, Mitch and Janis, her older brother, Alex, and her boyfriend, director Reg Traviss. Her parents met with mourners outside their daughter's Camden Square home this morning saying, "I can't tell you what this means to us. It really is making this a lot easier for us...we're devastated and I'm speechless, but thanks for coming." Fans and well-wishers adorned the property with flowers, candles, vodka bottles, cigarettes, flags, wine glasses, drawings and handwritten cards.
Earlier: The internet exploded over the weekend when news broke out of Amy Winehouse's death. Celebs and fans are tweeting and speaking out about the tragedy and paying their respects for the well-known singer, but there's one big question on everyone's mind: what was the cause of death? We have our suspicions, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Reports are stating that Winehouse could have been dead for up to six hours before a security guard found her in bed around 4pm in London on Saturday.
The singer spoke to her security team around 10am that day before going to sleep, but wasn't checked on again until late in the afternoon. The fact that rigor mortis had occurred by the time the body was found suggests that she had been dead for several hours beforehand. Apparently the five-time Grammy winner had seen a doctor Friday night as part of a routine check up due to her continual battle with addiction, but the doctor didn't seem to find anything wrong. The cause of death will be determined pending a toxicology report which could take weeks to complete. The police are stating that there was no paraphernalia or sign of drugs in Winehouse's Camden home, which has turned into a memorial following the news of her death.
Do we all believe that the results will show that drugs were the cause of this singer's tragic death, yes. And we don't seem to be the only ones. Friend and PR rep, Chris Goodman, admitted that Winehouse had suffered setbacks in recent weeks in her battle against addiction stating, "She was on the mend but she lapsed over the past month...her death has come as a great shock. She was a fantastic talent and a sweet girl."
Source: People, US