The family of singer Amy Winehouse said they have been left “bereft” following her death on Saturday.

Speaking in a statement, they said, “Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece.

“She leaves a gaping hole in our lives. We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time.”

The troubled star was found dead at her flat in Camden over the weekend, with reports suggesting she succumbed to a drug overdose.

According to the Sunday papers the 27-year-old was seen buying drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy, from a dealer in Camden on Friday night.

And the Sunday Mirror reported that a combination of ecstasy and alcohol may have been to blame for her death.

However police have said they are treating her death as “unexplained” and added that it was “inappropriate” on what might have caused it.

A post-mortem is scheduled to be carried out in the next few days.

Fans have been laying tributes to the star near her home in Camden Square, including alcohol, cigarettes, flowers and artwork.

Amy won widespread acclaim, aged 20, with her 2003 debut album, Frank.

But it was 2006’s Back to Black which brought her worldwide stardom, winning five Grammy Awards.

The troubled singer made her last public appearance on Wednesday night when she joined her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield on stage at The Roundhouse in Camden.

Amy danced with Bromfield and encouraged the audience to buy her album in the impromptu appearance before leaving the stage.