Amy Winehouse Statue Unveiling Delayed Because Dad Doesn't Like It

Monday, 09 Sep 2013 05:46 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A life-size statue of singer Amy Winehouse that was supposed to be unveiled this month in north London is apparently back on the drawing board because the singer’s father wasn’t happy with it.

The statue of Winehouse, who died of accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27 about two years ago, was part of a tribute to the popular British singer to be put in outside the Roundhouse, a concert venue in Camden.

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But Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, wasn’t satisfied with the final sculpture by Scott Eaton. Amy Winehouse’s ex-boyfriend Reg Traviss told the Daily Mail, “Mitch wants it to be just right and he doesn’t want anything to go up that he’s not completely satisfied with. But obviously it’s never going to look exactly like her.”

An E! Online article about the statue brought out comments from people who questioned whether an addict who died is the appropriate person to be honoring.

A poster identified only as “Mom” wrote on the E! article, “I'm not so sure I want kids admiring someone who literally killed herself. How can you die, accidentally, of alcohol poisoning? I'm an RN and can assure you she was aware of putting the booze in her mouth. No one did it for her. All that aside, this was a tragic death that could have been prevented. So sad all the way around. I'm so sorry that SHE put her father through this.”

The Telegraph posted the first pictures of the statute in March, showing a life-sized bronze of Winehouse in a retro-styled dress with her well-known beehive hairdo.

In that early article, artist Eaton said on his website that the designs were works in progress and images probably shouldn’t have been released.

The memorial at Roundhouse is about a mile away from Amy Winehouse’s home in London, which has been a site where fans have gathered since her death.

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