Amy Winehouse’s tragic last days: Singer’s best friend says he was the ‘only one who knew what she was really going through’ on the ten-year anniversary of her death

By Mary Mrad For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 19:17 EDT, 14 June 2021 | Updated: 19:29 EDT, 14 June 2021

Amy Winehouse’s childhood best friend has spoken about the singer’s final days, ten years after her death from alcohol poisoning aged 27.

Tyler James told Channel Nine’s Today show on Monday he was the ‘only person’ who knew what the English singer ‘was really going through’.

‘I lived with Amy most of her adult life and I’m the only person who knows what it was really like to be her,’ he said.

Close bond: Amy Winehouse’s (right) best friend Tyler James (left) has said he’s the ‘only one who knew what she was really going through’, ten years after her death from alcohol poisoning

‘When I met Amy, she was 13 and I was 12, and I had this instinct straight away that I needed to look after her,’ he added.

Tyler addressed Amy’s tragic last days and said all ‘she ever wanted was to be sober’.

‘When Amy passed away, I got this feeling that people thought it was inevitable [but] Amy didn’t take drugs for the last three years of her life,’ he said.

Connection: ‘I lived with Amy most of her adult life and I’m the only person who knows what it was really like to be her,’ Tyler said on Channel Nine’s Today show on Monday

‘She would be sober for six weeks and she would relapse for three or four days. Every time she would get back to being sober again and that’s what she wanted. I don’t think people realise that.’

Tyler’s new book, My Amy, tells the story of the icon’s troubled life after the pair met at London’s Sylvia Young Theatre School when they were both teenagers.

Amy soared to fame upon the release of debut album Frank in 2003, and gained widespread commercial success with second album Back to Black three years later.

‘Amy didn’t take drugs for the last three years of her life’: Tyler also spoke about Amy’s tragic last days and said all ‘she ever wanted was to be sober’

But the London-born star’s dazzling career was plighted by her demons after she fell into the clutches of alcohol and drug addiction.

She was found dead at her home in Camden, north London, on July 23, 2011. 

Later that year, an inquest gave a verdict of misadventure after finding that she had 416mg of alcohol per decilitre in her blood.

This is more than five times the legal drink-drive limit and enough to cause her to become comatose and depress her respiratory system.

Candid: Tyler’s new book, My Amy, tells the story of the icon’s troubled life after the pair met at London’s Sylvia Young Theatre School when they were both teenagers

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