Amy "Bought Crack and Smack Before her Death"

By Will Godfrey 08/01/11

A "fixer", who is being interviewed by police, claims he helped Winehouse buy drugs the night before she died.

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New claims are disputing the "fantastic recovery" described by Amy Winehouse's family, who believe acute alcohol withdrawal was the cause of the singer's death. Tony Azzopardi, a 56-year-old "fixer" from Camden, North London, told the UK Daily Mirror that he arranged for Winehouse to buy a large quantity of crack and heroin the night before she died. He said the singer pulled up alongside him in a black taxi outside a pub at 11:30pm on Friday July 22, and that he went with her to West Hampstead to call a local "Mr Big". He claims she paid £1,200 for half an ounce of crack and half an ounce of heroin, before dropping him off in the early hours of Saturday morning. Azzopardi—who has been interviewed by police and is meeting detectives again today—said that he became friends with Winehouse through her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, who is currently in prison. The singer's body was found at 4pm on Saturday August 23—doctors said she had already been dead for several hours. Amy's father Mitch said that she was at home playing the drums on the night before her death and police said they found no evidence of drug use at her home. But witnesses claim to have seen her that evening outside Camden bar The Good Mixer. The toxicology test results that may solve the mystery are not due for some weeks.

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Will Godfrey is the former editor-in-chief of TheFix. He was also the founding editor-in-chief of, and previously co-founded a magazine for prisoners in London. His work has appeared in Salon, Pacific Standard, AlterNet and The Nation among others. He is currently the Executive Director at FILTER. You can find Will on Linkedin and Twitter.