Amy Winehouse's Dad Hoped Her Death Was "A Joke"
Mitch has revealed he hoped news of her passing was wrong...
Speaking to The Sun, the former black cabbie recalled the "horrible" moment he was told that the Love Is A Losing Game singer had passed away at the age of 27.
Mitch told the tabloid: "I was in New York when I found out. I was at my cousin's, cuddling his newborn babies. He had just been asking me how Amy was. I said she was fine - then my phone rang."
"It was Andrew, her security guard, in tears. He said something terrible had happened. Amy had died. I couldn't understand him at first. I was like ice. I was cool as a cucumber."
He continued: "I told him to tell me again. I was still holding the baby when he repeated what he had just said. I was in a terrible state of shock. I was just sitting there."
"The flight home was horrendous. In my mind, I was saying, 'Stop messing about, Amy'. She was a practical joker and I just hoped everyone had it wrong - even though I knew it was right,"
Amy's father added: "The joke had gone too far. It was horrible. I couldn't cry. I wasn't able to do anything. I was just numb. I just needed to get back to my wife Jane and the family."
Mitch confirmed last week that charity he has set up in memory of Amy will launch on 14th September, stating on Twitter: "We will turn our grief into positive action."