Family Visits Amy Winehouse Home, Greets Mourners

Amy Winehouse’s father thanked mourners outside her north London home for their support on Monday, and police said a post mortem examination would be held later in the day to determine the cause of the singer’s death.

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Mitch Winehouse, right, Amy Winehouse ‘s father, accompanied by Janis, Amy’s mother, background.

Mitch Winehouse thanked people for coming to lay bouquets, candles and handwritten notes, which lay in growing mounds across the road from the Victorian house where the soul diva died.

“I can’t tell you what this means to us – it really is making this a lot easier for us,” he said.

“We’re devastated and I’m speechless but thanks for coming.”

The singer’s mother, Janis, was in tears as she examined the flowers, candles, vodka bottles, flags, drawings and handwritten cards left by neighbors, fans and well-wishers. Many of the offerings expressed the same sentiment: “What a waste.”

“I’ll remember her as a troubled soul,” said fan Ethna Rouse, who brought her 4-year-old son to leave a bouquet. “Like many artists in the world – they are tortured souls, and that’s where the talent comes from.”

The 27-year-old singer died Saturday after publicly struggling with drug and alcohol abuse for years. Her body was discovered at home by a member of her security team, who called an ambulance. It arrived too late to save her.

Police have said the cause of her death is being treated as “unexplained,” and have said speculation that she might have suffered an overdose was inappropriate.

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Flowers and tributes left by mourners in Camden Square, outside the house of Amy Winehouse.

Police said a post-mortem would be conducted Monday afternoon, when an inquest into the death will be opened and adjourned. Results will likely be announced Tuesday.