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Neil Patrick Harris has apologized after a morbid joke he made about Amy Winehouse’s death resurfaced.
Harris featured a buffet platter made to look like the corpse of Winehouse just months after her death in 2011.
“A photo recently resurfaced from a Halloween-themed party my husband and I hosted 11 years ago,” Harris told Entertainment Weekly in a statement. “It was regrettable then, and it remains regrettable now. Amy Winehouse was a once-in-a-generation talent, and I’m sorry for any hurt this image caused.”
A photo of the meat tray resurfaced on the internet recently. The image was originally posted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s husband Justin Mikita.
The two were in attendance at the party.
He wrote: “Look who showed up @ActuallyNPH & @ GourmetMD’s Halloween party last night. Looking good.”
The tweet was quickly deleted at the time.
Although many believed the platter to be a cake, it was actually made out of “beef ribs, pulled pork, chicken sausage in a spicy BBQ sauce.”
The corpse had Winehouse’s same hairdo and her tattoos.
In case guests did not know it was the musician, a handwritten note made it clear it was “The Corpse of Amy Winehouse.”
Harris and husband David Burtka, who hosted the party together, never addressed the controversy that followed after the picture was shared.
Winehouse died of alcohol intoxication in 2011. She was 27. She only released two albums, “Frank” and “Back to Black,” but had a tremendous impact on music fans and her peers, being praised for her jazz-like vocals and honest lyrics.
The British star won five Grammys at the 2008 show, which she could not attend because she was rejected for a US work visa.
A 2015 film titled “Amy” won the 2016 Oscar for “Best Documentary Feature.” However, the star’s father complained at the time that the movie was “unbalanced” and “tainted.”
Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco and The Associated Press contributed to this report.