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Top cop was on duty the day Amy Winehouse died

Raj Kohli: 'I listened to a lot of her music. I felt almost like a little bit of me was invested in her'

09 April, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

CAMDEN’S new police commander Superintendent Raj Kohli was the police spokesman during the Amy Winehouse death investigation, a role he has said moved him as he was also a fan of her music.

During his earlier spell as a senior officer in the borough, he became the face of the Met after the death of the award-winning singer. He had to try to halt media speculation into how the 27-year-old died at her Camden Town flat in 2011.

Revisiting that experience with the New Journal this week, he said: “Whether it was Amy Winehouse, pop star of international fame, or Amy Winehouse, a local person – in my head I’m thinking that’s someone’s child who has died. It was upsetting. Anyone dying is upsetting. Of course, things had added significance because I liked her music. I kind of felt she was part of the soundtrack of the latter part of my life.”

Raj Kohli

He added: “I listened to a lot of her music. I felt almost like a little bit of me was invested in her. You step out of that and think how must her dad be feeling, how must her mum be feeling, her siblings, her friends.”


A second inquest in 2013 into Ms Winehouse’s death confirmed she died of alcohol poisoning. She would often be seen in The Good Mixer pub. After her death, flowers were laid near her home. Some fans gather by her flat on the anniversary of her death each year to remember her.

The New Journal revealed last year how a lost Amy Winehouse track, My Own Way, recorded before she was famous, had been found.

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