Amy Winehouse’s stepdad in tears as he recalls telling singer’s mum she was dead

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Amy Winehouse's stepdad Richard Collins has broken down in tears remembering the moment he had to tell her mum that she had died, calling it "the worst day of my life".

Richard and Janis Winehouse Collins joined Lorraine on Thursday morning to talk about a new documentary about their daughter's life, Reclaiming Amy, which airs on BBC Two on July 23, the 10th anniversary of her death.

They spoke about receiving the awful news that Amy had died aged just 27 in 2011 and their disbelief that she had gone.

An emotional Richard explained how it had fallen to him to tell his wife.

Lorraine asked: "Richard, you had the terrible, horrendous task of you had to tell Janis that Amy had died, I don't know how you do that."

Richard said: "It was the worst day of my life. I got the phone call to say that Amy had gone, it was actually her cousin who phoned. I said don't be silly we were with her yesterday. We were with her yesterday. He said no I'm being absolutely serious.

"And I had to tell Janis. I said to Janis I don't know what to say, she's gone. And she looked at me, she thought I was talking about my mum because my mum died a month after Amy, my mum was seriously ill. I said no, no, no. Your baby's gone."

Richard began to cry as he remembered the day 10 years earlier, agreeing with Lorraine that it seemed very recent.


He also said that they had all tried hard to help Amy, but she was much more independent than many people realised.

Richard explained: "The family bent over backwards, but what people seem to forget was that she was a married woman, she was 27, she was living independently, she was wealthy.

"People tried to help her, from her management, to Mitch, to Janis, the family – Amy did what she wanted to do, that was the bottom line of it.

"People think she was a very weak character, she wasn't, far from it – she was very strong."

Janis and Richard also said they had never met Amy's husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who she was married to from 2007 to 2009.

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