Amy Winehouse charity launches on her birthday

September 14, 2011 - 7:55 AM
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FILE - In this Friday Feb. 16, 2007 file photo British singer Amy Winehouse poses for photographs after being interviewed by the Associated Press at a studio in north London. Mitch Winehouse, father of the late singer Amy Winehouse, is launching the Amy Winehouse Foundation in the United States on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, which would have been Amy Winehouse's 28th birthday. Winehouse was found dead at her home in London on July 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

LONDON (AP) — Amy Winehouse's family has launched a youth charity in her name to mark what would have been the singer's 28th birthday.

Winehouse, who had long fought drug and alcohol problems, was found dead at her London home on July 23. Her family says toxicology reports indicated there was alcohol in her bloodstream but it was unclear whether this had contributed to her death.

The soul diva's father, Mitch Winehouse, says the Amy Winehouse Foundation will support organizations that help young people who are vulnerable, including those with addictions.

Her mother Janis said: "It is a source of great comfort to know that Amy would be proud of this."

The charity will derive much of its first income from the release of Winehouse's duet with Tony Bennett, "Body And Soul," on Wednesday.