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Mitch Winehouse, center blue shirt, Amy Winehouse 's father, accompanied by Janis, Amy's mother, seen right white shirt and other friends, looks at flowers placed by mourners in Camden Square outside the house of Amy Winehouse following her death. Mitch Winehouse, center blue shirt, Amy Winehouse 's father, accompanied by Janis, Amy's mother, seen right white shirt and other friends, looks at flowers placed by mourners in Camden Square outside the house of Amy Winehouse following her death.
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    Amy Winehouse's mother said the singer seemed unwell a day before she died, a British newspaper reported Sunday, while her family mourned the loss of "a wonderful daughter, sister, niece" and more tributes flowed in from fans and fellow performers. 

LONDON (AP) — Amy Winehouse's father thanked mourners outside her north London home for their support on Monday, and police said a post mortem examination would be held later in the day to determine the cause of the singer's death.

Mitch Winehouse thanked people for coming to lay bouquets, candles and handwritten notes, which lay in growing mounds across the road from the Victorian house where the soul diva died.

"I can't tell you what this means to us — it really is making this a lot easier for us," he said.

"We're devastated and I'm speechless but thanks for coming."

The singer's mother, Janis, was in tears as she examined the flowers, candles, vodka bottles, flags, drawings and handwritten cards left by neighbors, fans and well-wishers. Many of the offerings expressed the same sentiment: "What a waste."

"I'll remember her as a troubled soul," said fan Ethna Rouse, who brought her 4-year-old son to leave a bouquet. "Like many artists in the world — they are tortured souls, and that's where the talent comes from."

The 27-year-old singer died Saturday after publicly struggling with drug and alcohol abuse for years. Her body was discovered at home by a member of her security team, who called an ambulance. It arrived too late to save her.

Police have said the cause of her death is being treated as "unexplained," and have said speculation that she might have suffered an overdose was inappropriate.

Police said a post-mortem would be conducted Monday afternoon, when an inquest into the death will be opened and adjourned. Results will likely be announced Tuesday.

The singer had battled addiction to drugs and alcohol for years, too often making headlines for erratic behavior, destructive relationships and abortive performances.

Actor Russell Brand, a former drug addict, wrote a lengthy tribute in which he urged the media and public to change the way addiction is perceived — "not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill."

"Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction," he wrote. "Addiction is a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions or death."

Last month, Winehouse canceled her European comeback tour after she swayed and slurred her way through barely recognizable songs in her first show in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Booed and jeered off stage, she flew home and her management said she would take time off to recover.

Her last public appearance came three days before her death, when she briefly joined her goddaughter, singer Dionne Bromfield, on stage at The Roundhouse in Camden, near her home.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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