Amy Winehouse was absolutely NOT going to adopt a 10-year-old girl from the island of St. Lucia ... despite U.K. reports to the contrary ... Amy's rep tells TMZ.
The Sunday Mirror reported Dannika Augustine and her grandmother both confirmed that Amy was about to begin the adoption process ... and both of Dannika's parents had signed off on the plan.
But Amy's rep tells TMZ ... "It's not true" ... adding, "I think [Amy] might have met her in St. Lucia, but she was in no way about to adopt her."
IN THE PROCESS OF ADOPTING
A GIRL BEFORE DEATH
7/31/2011 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amy Winehouse was preparing to adopt a 10-year-old girl from the island of St. Lucia, the girl and her grandmother told a British paper today.
The girl -- Dannika Augustine (seen above with Amy) -- says she met the singer during one of Amy's visits to the island over the past few years. She says she was living in poverty with her single mom when Amy took an interest in her.
Dannika tells The Sunday Mirror, "Amy was already my mother. I would call her mum and she would call me her daughter. She took care of me and we had fun together. I loved her and she loved me ... She was the most amazing person and I was looking forward to living with her here or in London. I cannot believe she is gone. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me."
Dannika's grandmother Marjorie says she spoke to Amy a few weeks ago and that Amy planned to return to St. Lucia next month. She told the paper, "Amy wanted to have a child so bad. If she had not died, there is no doubt she would be here in St Lucia completing the adoption process. There is no way she would have done what she did to herself if Dannika was with her."
Both of Dannika's parents had signed off on the adoption.
Kelly O & Amy's Dad
Celebrate Winehouse's Life
7/29/2011 6:30 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
Scott Storch: Winehouse Should Have Gone to Rehab
7/27/2011 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scott Storch -- one of the BIGGEST producers in hip hop -- says Amy Winehouse "should have listened to her own song" ... and checked herself into rehab before she died.
Storch would know ... the man who's worked with Dr. Dre, Snoop, Beyonce, Xtina, P!nk and more battled a HUGE cocaine addiction over the years. In fact, Storch says he blew nearly $30 million on the drug before he finally sought help and kicked the habit.
On his way into Trousdale nightclub in Hollywood last night, we asked Storch about Amy ... and he told us, "Rest in peace ... Drugs are f**ked up ... I learned my own lesson too."
Blake Fielder-Civil: I Could Have Saved Amy
7/27/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amy Winehouse's ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil is anguishing, because he believes he could have saved Amy.
Blake's dad, Larry Fielder, tells TMZ ... his son knew better than anyone the depth of Amy's drug addiction, and had planned to stage an intervention of sorts when he got out of jail -- the problem ... he's locked up until March, 2012.
There's obviously another issue -- Blake and Amy were famously co-dependent junkies and neither seemed capable of helping the other during their marriage.
Larry tells us ... shortly after Amy died Blake called him, crying hysterically. Blake's current girlfriend, Sarah, visited him in jail recently for an hour and all Blake did was cry.
Posing with Amy's Ashes
7/26/2011 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In one final bizarre photo op with Amy Winehouse, the singer's former bodyguards posed with a box containing Amy's ashes as they left the crematorium in London earlier today...a family rep confirms to TMZ.
The man in the center of the photo is Andrew Morris -- the bodyguard who found Winehouse's body and called for help.
Winehouse was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium in North London ... following an emotional ceremony for close friends and family.
'Goodnight My Angel
... Sleep Tight'
7/26/2011 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amy Winehouse's father gave a touching speech at her funeral moments ago ... telling stories from her childhood ... playing music ... and telling his daughter to "sleep tight."
The 45-minute ceremony was led by a Rabbi and included prayers in English and Hebrew.
During Mitch Winehouse's eulogy, he said, "Goodnight my angel ... Sleep tight. Mommy and Daddy love you ever so much."
The ceremony ended with a rendition of the Carole King song, "So Far Away" ... while Mitch encouraged mourners to sing along.
Report: Winehouse to Be Cremated
7/26/2011 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amy Winehouse will be cremated following a funeral service in North London ... several U.K. media outlets are reporting.
Winehouse -- who is Jewish -- will reportedly be cremated at Golders Green crematorium.
Amy's family is said to be gathering at a local synagogue later today.
Amy Winehouse Funeral
Ronson, Osbourne Attend
7/26/2011 5:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amy Winehouse's funeral is underway at a cemetery in North London -- and, Mark Ronson -- who produced most of her "Back to Black" album -- and Kelly Osbourne have arrived to pay their respects.
As a tribute to Amy .... Osbourne showed up to the Edgwarebury Cemetery wearing the singer's signature beehive style hairdo.
As for who's NOT showing up, sources tell TMZ her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil -- who's currently serving 32 months in prison for burglary and possession of an imitation firearm -- was denied release to attend the funeral.
Amy was found dead on Saturday at her home in London -- the cause of death has not been determined.
Pandora EXPLODES -- Everyone Wants Winehouse!
7/25/2011 3:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amy Winehouse's death made her 100 times more popular ... at least on the Internet -- because TMZ has learned, online radio station Pandora went off the charts with Winehouse requests last weekend.
A rep for Pandora -- VP of Communication Deborah Roth -- tells TMZ, users typically create between 700-900 Amy Winehouse radio stations every day ... but on Saturday, that number skyrocketed to 75,000!!!
Glass half full?
Amy Winehouse Funeral Set for Tomorrow
7/25/2011 1:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amy Winehouse's funeral will take place in England tomorrow ... a family spokesperson has announced.
The spokesperson tells TMZ, "The funeral will take place on Tuesday and will be a family and close friends affair."
Rome from 'Sublime' -- AMAZING Winehouse Tribute
7/25/2011 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sublime's new frontman Rome was so moved when he heard about Amy Winehouse's passing ... he hit the recording studio and busted out a version of "Rehab" in her honor ... and it's AMAZING.
Rome included this message with the video, "I recorded this tribute for Amy Winehouse after I heard the news of her passing. she is a huge inspiration to my music. We miss you Amy."
7/25/2011 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The autopsy on Amy Winehouse has just begun ... TMZ has learned.
So far, police have said her death was "not suspicious" and that there were no signs of foul play.
UPDATE: The autopsy is now complete. According to police, no cause of death was established ... toxicology test results are still pending and will take 2 to 4 weeks.