Winehouse father plans memoir for summer 2012

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The father of Amy Winehouse will write a memoir about the late British soul star to be released in the summer of 2012, with all proceeds going to charity, according to the publisher.

In the memoir, to be entitled "Amy: My Daughter," Mitch Winehouse will "tell the incredible story of the Amy the public never got to know and understand" prior to her death in July at the age of 27, HarperCollins said Tuesday.

The proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which aims to help young people in Britain and abroad who struggle with addiction, ill health, disability or financial disadvantage.

"I feel that I need to write this book to tell the true story of Amy and to help with my personal recovery," Winehouse said.

"I also want to raise as much money as possible for Amys foundation, so all proceeds from the book will go directly to help children who are disadvantaged through illness and substance addiction."

The British soul star was found dead in her London home in July following a lengthy battle with alcohol and drugs.

Toxicology tests found no evidence of any illegal substances in her body, according to her family. Her father believes bouts of heavy drinking followed by short-lived attempts to give up alcohol may have prompted a fatal seizure.

A full inquest is due to be held on October 26.

Winehouse rocketed to fame after winning five Grammy awards off the back of her 2006 second album "Back to Black" and famously sang about her refusal to seek treatment for her addiction in "Rehab".

© 2011 AFP

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