But the cabbie says his ploy didn’t work

Amy Winehouse’s dad Mitch once faked a cardiac arrest to convince the singer to give up heroin.

The cabbie was frustrated that all his other efforts to get the 25-year-old to quit drugs had failed.

‘I was at me wits end,’ says Mitch, 59. ‘I pretended I was seriously ill and even got our doctor to tell Amy that I was dying.

‘I even started screaming and said I was having a heart attack, but it didn’t work.

‘Amy’s not stupid and wanted to see my medical records proving I was actually ill.’

But Mitch insists Amy is now making progress.

‘I’m not saying that Amy is cured,’ he tells the Daily Mirror. ‘She is a recovering addict.

‘I think potentially she could have a drink problem as addicts tend to replace one addiction with another.

‘But she tells me it’s something which she will stop – and I believe her. She did it with drugs, so she can do it with alcohol.’

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