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Amy Winehouse laid to rest

Friends and family said goodbye to Amy Winehouse yesterday with prayers, tears, laughter and song at a funeral ceremony in London.

Kelly Osbourne, centre right, arrives at Golders Green Crematorium for the funeral ceremony of British singer Amy Winehouse on Tuesday, July 26, 2011.
Kelly Osbourne, centre right, arrives at Golders Green Crematorium for the funeral ceremony of British singer Amy Winehouse on Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

LONDON // Friends and family said goodbye to Amy Winehouse yesterday with prayers, tears, laughter and song at a funeral ceremony in London.

The singer's father, mother and brother and close friends, along with celebrities were among several hundred mourners attending the service at Edgwarebury Cemetery in north London.

The Jewish service was led by a rabbi and included prayers in English and Hebrew and reminiscences from Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse.

It ended with a rendition of Carole King's So Far Away, one of Winehouse's favourite songs.

The British singer's Back to Black album will re-enter the Billboard album chart at No 9, with 37,000 albums sold in the United States in the past week.

Those figures come from Nielsen SoundScan data released late on Tuesday.

Her debut album Frank sold 7,000 copies. All but a fraction of those sales were digital downloads."Back to Black" hadn't sold that many copies in three years.

There were also 111,000 digital tracks of Winehouse's music sold over the past week – a 2,000 percent increase.

The most downloaded Winehouse song was h er most famous one, Rehab.

Winehouse died of unknown causes at her London home on Saturday. She was 27, and had struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for years.