The family of Amy Winehouse held a private funeral for Britain’s own soul diva today, following her tragic death at the weekend aged just 27.

Hundreds of mourners and fans, many wearing their Amy Winehouse music t-shirts, gathered at north London’s Edgwarebury cemetery for the service, which involved both English and Hebrew prayers, and concluded with a performance of Amy’s favourite song – So Far Away by Carole King.

The eulogy was read by her father Mitch, who spoke to fans who had left notes of condolence and bouquets, saying: “I can’t tell you what this means to us. It really is making this a lot easier for us.”

“Amy was about one thing and that was love. Her whole life was devoted to her family and her friends, and to you guys as well. We’re devastated and I’m speechless, but thanks for coming.”

Fellow British soul singer Adele hailed Amy on her website, saying that she “paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blasé.”

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