Amy Winehouse’s mom: It was ‘only a matter of time’

Laura Donovan Contributor
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Burying one’s child is never easy; but for Janis Winehouse, her daughter’s lifestyle may have made the tragedy inevitable.

“Rehab” songbird Amy Winehouse, who was found dead in her London home Saturday, is remembered for her sultry voice and her struggles with substance abuse. The Grammy Award winner’s mother told the Sunday Mirror that it was “only a matter of time” before the 27-year-old passed away. (Singer Amy Winehouse dead — joins long list of rockers dead at age 27)

Janis, who saw Amy the day before the singer’s death, says her daughter wasn’t herself on her final day of life.

“She seemed out of it. But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me,” Janis told the Mirror.

Last month, Winehouse canceled her European tour, which was supposed to include 12 stops before ending in Bucharest, Romania. According to People magazine, Winehouse was booed during a Belgrade, Serbia concert after showing up an hour late to the performance, stumbling around, and slurring the words to her 2008 tune “Just Friends.” The tour was ended shortly after the concert.

In May, the singer returned to rehab to try to overcome alcohol addiction.

Police have yet to determine the cause of Winehouse’s death, but an autopsy is expected sometime this week.

Winehouse joins other rockers who perished at 27, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors’ Jim Morrison and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain.

Watch Winehouse family visit memorial to Amy: