Amy Winehouse’s father spoke to Anderson Cooper on his new daily talk-show saying that he believes his daughter died after suffering a seizure related to alcohol detoxification.
Mitch Winehouse, along with his family,will be the first guests to appear on Anderson Cooper’s new syndicated talk-show that debuts this Monday. During Friday’s taping of the show, Mitch told Anderson, “there was nobody there to rescue her.”
According to the A.P., Mitch said that traces of the the prescription drug Librium, which is used to fight anxiety and withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism, were found in her body. Her family says toxicology reports indicated there was alcohol in her bloodstream but it was unclear whether this had contributed to her death.
“Everything Amy did, she did to excess,” Mitch told Anderson. “She drank to excess and did detox to excess.”
He said he regretted that his daughter was trying to kick her alcoholism without a doctor’s help. He said, “the periods of abstinence were becoming longer, and the periods of drinking were becoming shorter. It was heading in the right direction.”
The family, who has not spoken about Amy’s death until now, also revealed she had suffered seizures during this period and would lose consciousness. Her father admitted he was speculating this happened on the morning she died and said he should find out more conclusively how she died when a full inquest into her death begins next month.
Years earlier, when Amy Winehouse was on harder drugs (including heroin and cocaine), her father said, he would not have been surprised if she had died.
He occasionally dabbed tears from his eyes as Cooper’s show ran video clips of her. He said he was comforted by the outpouring of support from her fans. Her mother, Janis Winehouse, said she’s had people approach her to thank her for having the singer.
Mitch said he blamed the singer’s ex-husband, a music industry hanger-on, for introducing her to hard drugs but did not blame him for her death. He said she had not taken drugs since December 2008.
Amy Winehouse’s boyfriend at the time of her death, Reg Traviss, said they had spent a quiet evening looking at pictures and watching DVDs two days before she died. They were looking forward to attending a friend’s wedding in a few days and were planning a trip to St. Lucia around her Sept. 14 birthday.
He said he struggled to find the right moments to talk to his girlfriend about her drinking without seeming as though he was nagging.
Winehouse’s family has set up a foundation to raise money to help people beat alcohol and drug addiction. Her father met with British political leaders to seek backing for setting up a drug rehab center in her name.
The foundation officially starts operation within days.
Anderson’s show, simply called Anderson, has donated $50,000 to the foundation.
The emotional interview airs Monday, Sept. 12.