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Amy Winehouse Misses Grandma’s Funeral For Court Hearing

Jul. 24 2009, Published 3:00 p.m. ET

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Singer Amy Winehouse missed her grandmother’s funeral because she was on trial in London for allegedly assaulting a fan, can reveal.

While the singer was in court,  she was unable to mourn at the graveside, but after the hearing was over, she joined family and friends to pay her respects.

Winehouse, 25, was said to be devastated by the death of her 86-year-old grandmother Esther, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and lived in a care home.

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The 'Back To Black' singer was determined to attend Shiva – the week long mourning in the Jewish faith – to support her grieving mom Janis Winehouse.

“The family enjoys a close bond, and Amy is very much at the center of it,” revealed Janis. “She couldn’t interrupt the court case, but was determined to be with me and her relatives at the first opportunity.

Amy is as close to them as they are to her, and it was wonderful seeing her in the garden with all her family and cousins, enjoying their company, the way it has always been.”


The assault case against the singer was dismissed Friday after Judge Timothy Workman said he couldn’t be sure the incident was not an accident after listening to evidence.

Dancer Sherene Flash had accused Winehouse of punching her in the eye at a charity ball after she asked her to pose for a photograph with a friend.



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