Amy Winehouse, the most brilliant lyricist and singer of our time, was laid to rest at Edgwarebury Cemetery in north London Wednesday. Winehouse's father, brother, mother, and close friends arrived to celebrate a life taken too soon, a life tormented by anorexia, addiction, and the media's preoccupation with capitalizing on tragedy.
Her 2007 song "Rehab," carefully crafted and extremely poetic, is proof enough that Winehouse was a brilliant singer and even more brilliant writer. Winehouse was 23 years old when she wrote the haunting lyrics.
London Ambulance Service received a call at 3.54pm July 23. When they arrived there, the woman was already dead. A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service said, "Sadly the patient had died."
Kelly Osbourne, Winehouse's closest friend , arrived with her hair piled beehive-high in a tribute to a friend she lost too soon.
A rabbi led the service and prayers were recited in Hebrew and English. Winehouse's father, jazz singer Mitch Winehouse, who instilled in her a love of music from an early age, said in a eulogy, "Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much."
The service ended with a rendition of Carole King's "So Far Away," one of Amy's favorite songs.
Boyfriend Reg Traviss also attended.
The family will sit shiva, a Jewish mourning tradition, for two days.