Amy Winehouse estate: Parents get $4.6 million, ex Blake gets nothing
Amy Winehouse's parents, Mitch and Janis, have inherited $4.67 million dollars from their late daughter, it was recently revealed.
The Grammy-winning soul singer, known for her hit "Rehab" and her beehive hairstyle, died at age 27 in her London apartment in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning after battling substance abuse for years.
Court documents show that Winehouse left assets totaling more than 4.25 million pounds sterling ($6.76 million), with 2.94 million pounds sterling ($4.67 million) remaining after debts and taxes, the Associated Press reported recently. The money goes automatically to her parents because she did not have a will, meaning that her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, gets nothing. Her father is listed as the administer of her estate.
Winehouse won five individual Grammy Awards, all handed out in at the February 2008 ceremony. She did not attend the event but participated via satellite and was seen hugging her mother tearfully. One Grammy was given for her double platinum album, "Back To Black" and three were awarded for her song "Rehab." The singer penned most of her own songs, including that track.
Winehouse was often photographed drinking on stage at concerts. In August 2007, the singer suffered a drug and alcohol overdose and was hospitalized. She underwent treatment for substance abuse at rehab centers several times throughout her life and relapsed a month before she died.
Winehouse's personal turmoil, popularity, unique look and outspoken nature made her a paparazzi favorite. She was often photographed in unflattering ways on the streets of London. Photographers also snapped photos of her in bikinis and even topless in the Caribbean, where she often vacationed with friends and with Fielder-Civil, who she divorced in 2009 after two years of marriage.
The two met in 2005 in a bar. Their relationship was turbulent. They had each other's names tattooed on their bodies and had matching scars. Weeks after her overdose, they were photographed looking bloodied and bruised. Winehouse's family blames him for fuelling her addictions.
Winehouse's father recently penned a book called "Amy, My Daughter." It is set for release on June 26. Proceeds from the book are set to be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity her family set up after her death. In February, the group donated more than $47,700 to a rehabilitation charity that helps people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
A new Winehouse album called "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" was released last December and contains the track "Body & Soul," which Winehouse recorded with Tony Bennett. The song is also featured on his album "Duets II" and won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards in February.
Winehouse's parents attended the ceremony.
"We shouldn't have been there, really," the singer's father told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Amy should have been there with Tony. But ... they are the cards we've been dealt and we gotta deal with it. So it's tough. Amy would say, 'Just get on with it Dad.'"
He said his daughter was "a really special kid," "a great human being" and a "wonderful daughter."
"She was so excited about that project with Tony Bennett," he said. "She didn't get excited about a lot of things, I can assure you ... she got excited about that and she got excited about the Grammys. When she won the five Grammys, she was ecstatic."