Amy's Dad: Singer Has Emphysema


Jun. 23 2008, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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In the latest development in the devolution of singer Amy Winehouse, the Grammy winner's father, Mitch Winehouse, announced over the weekend that his troubled daughter has been diagnosed with the incurable lung disease emphysema.

"The doctors have told her if she goes back to smoking drugs it won't just ruin her voice, it will kill her," Mitch revealed to British paper the Sunday Mirror. "The doctors have said that if she had continued the way she was going she could have ended up an invalid — she wouldn't have been able to breathe."

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As for the emphysema diagnosis, Amy's dad says that it was caught in its early stages, but that his daughter has done significant damage because of her unhealthy drug and tobacco habits. "With smoking the crack cocaine and the cigarettes, her lungs are all gunked up. There are nodules around the chest and dark marks. She's got 70 percent lung capacity."

Additionally, Mitch claims that there is hope for Amy if she chooses to kick her dependencies to the curb, saying, "if she doesn't go back to drugs, then she can lead this magnificent life."

In fact, says Mr. Winehouse, the one thing that keeps his daughter from disappearing into the abyss completely is her career. "If she hadn't done recent shows in Moscow and Portugal she could have been dead by now... She abstains and regulates her drug use when she has to do a show."


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