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Amy Winehouse family breaks silence on new show to air on Channel 3

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB/NBC) - Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has told Anderson Cooper that he believes his daughter died because she suffered a seizure "and there was nobody there to rescue her."

The full interview airs on "Anderson" Monday at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Channel 3. The segment will reportedly shed more light on the details about Amy's detox, and why the family has decided to speak out about her death.

Mitch Winehouse said that Amy hadn't had drugs in years: "She'd been clean for round about three years ... Her problem was alcohol, the last few years of her life. You might argue, 'What's the difference?' The difference is that what happened to Amy wasn't anything to do with drugs. It might be that drugs took its toll in the early years, but there were no drugs in her system ... She was prescribed Liprium, which is a normal drug, which is given to people who are detoxing and it kind of decreases the chances of having seizures. She was continuing to take one of those pills everyday," he said.

And as for why he'd speak out about the details of her death and her struggles with substance abuse -- it's all about raising awareness for The Amy Winehouse Foundation. "There are a number of reasons, the most important reason is for the foundation, we are hoping to raise money, we will raise money for disadvantaged children suffering with drug abuse, ill health," Mitch said.

"Anderson" is a new show that airs weekdays at 3:00 p.m. EDT on WRCB Channel 3 in Chattanooga.

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