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Family, Friends Attend Funeral of British Singer Amy Winehouse

Fans gather around flowers and tributes near the home of British singer Amy Winehouse in London, July 25, 2011
Fans gather around flowers and tributes near the home of British singer Amy Winehouse in London, July 25, 2011

Family and friends of British singer Amy Winehouse have attended a funeral in London for the international star, who was found dead inside her home Saturday at age 27.

Around 150 people gathered at the Edgewarebury Cemetery for the private service led by a rabbi in accordance with Jewish law.  After the ceremony, family members cremated her at a nearby facility and began a traditional Jewish period of mourning, known as Shiva.

London police say an autopsy Monday failed to determine the cause of singer's death, which they describe as not suspicious.  Her security guard found her dead in her home in London's Camden district.  Police say toxicology tests may provide the answers in a few weeks.

Attending the funeral were friends such as television personality Kelly Osborne and DJ/music producer Mark Ronson.  Her father Mitch, jazz musician and part time taxi driver, ended his eulogy by saying "Goodnight, my angel. Sleep tight.  Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much."

Guests concluded the service by singing her favorite song, Carole King's "So Far Away."

Winehouse achieved international stardom with her 2006 Grammy award-winning second album Back to Black. But she also led a tumultuous life, struggling with drugs, alcohol and abusive relationships even as critics and fans hailed her as a masterful blues and jazz artist.

She cancelled a European comeback tour last month after an audience in Serbia booed her off the stage when she appeared to be disoriented and incoherent.

However, Winehouse's death has fueled a surge of demand for her music.  Industry experts say her albums and singles are likely to dominate the British music charts when they are released on Sunday.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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