Amy Winehouse’s family will light yahrzeit candle

(JTA) — The family of Amy Winehouse will mark the first anniversary of the singer’s death using Jewish tradition, a British magazine reported, quoting the singer’s mother.

Janis Winehouse told HELLO! Magazine that the family will mark the anniversary quietly together with prayers and the lighting of a yahrzeit candle.

Amy Winehouse, who was Jewish, died on July 23 in her London home. An autopsy showed that she died of alcohol poisoning.

Winehouse, 27, a five-time Grammy winner who was admired by music critics and beloved by celebrities, was plagued by drug and alcohol addiction. Her struggles with alcohol addiction persisted even after she stopped using illicit drugs in 2008.

Janis Winehouse told the magazine that she sometimes wakes up "sobbing" and that the grief "doesn’t get any easier."

The magazine reported that Janis Winehouse wears a Star of David necklace that the singer wore as a child.

"She nibbled on it all the time, so it’s got lots of marks on it," she told the magazine.
 
 

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