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Amy Winehouse's family: Documentary about late singer is 'misleading'

On July 23, 2011 Amy Winehouse was found

On July 23, 2011 Amy Winehouse was found dead in her bed at her London home from accidental alcohol poisoning. She was 27. Credit: Getty Images

The family of the late singer Amy Winehouse says that Asif Kapadia's upcoming documentary "Amy" is "misleading and contains some basic untruths," reports. In a statement Sunday, they said that "There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced. The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy's associates, many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life. Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut." The family statement noted that, "Fundamentally, the Winehouse family believes that the film does a disservice to individuals and families suffering from . . . addiction. By misunderstanding the condition and its treatment, the film suggests for instance that not enough was done for Amy, that her family and management pushed her into performing or did not do enough to help her. In reality, the filmmakers were told of a huge effort from all concerned to help Amy at all stages of her illness and their constant presence in her life throughout, as well as that of . . . medical professionals."

A documentary spokesperson released a statement saying: "We came on board with the full backing of the Winehouse family, and we approached the project with total objectivity. We conducted in the region of 100 interviews with people that knew Amy. The story that the film tells is a reflection of our findings from these interviews."

Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011, at age 27.


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