Soul singer Amy Jade Winehouse (September 14, 1983 – July 23, 2011) was found dead in her London home yesterday, reports from London said. Sources say the talented star died of a suspected overdose, but it has yet to be officially confirmed. Her record label Universal confirmed the 27-year-old singer’s death in a statement saying the staff was “deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer.” Our prayers go out to Amy’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time,” the label said.
Meanwhile, reports confirmed that Winehouse’s father, Mitch, was aware of his daughter’s death and was on his way back from New York.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs July 23, following reports of a woman found deceased. ‘On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. ‘Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death.’
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A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said in a press conference later on in the day that no cause of death had yet been confirmed. He said: ‘I am aware of reports of a suspected drugs overdose, no post-mortem has yet taken place and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death. ‘The death of any person is a sad time of friends and family especially for someone known nationally and internationally like Amy Winehouse. My sympathy extends not only to her family but also to her millions of fans across the world.’
Reactions to her death:
‘I am truly devastated that her exceptional talent has come to such an early end.’—Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett, who recorded the pop standard Body and Soul with Winehouse at Abbey Road Studios in London in March for an upcoming duets album, called her “an artist of immense proportions.” “She was an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist and I am truly devastated that her exceptional talent has come to such an early end,” he said.
Soon after the news broke, Canadian rocker Bryan Adams took to Twitter to lament the loss of his friend. “Dear Amy, you will be missed forever,” he wrote. “All my love, RIP, Bryan.” Adams had done his part to try to help Winehouse. In 2007, he reportedly invited Winehouse to spend Christmas at his Caribbean villa on the private island of Mustique, where she could recuperate away from the spotlight. Erratic performances forced tour cancellation
Winehouse rose to fame in 2006 with the success of her sophomore album Back to Black, which featured the smash hit song Rehab. In 2008, she won five Grammy Awards — including best new artist and record of the year — but her ongoing struggles with substance abuse, erratic onstage behaviour, legal battles and other personal problems overshadowed her musical achievements.
Her death comes after a recent performance sparked questions over the singer’s health and rumours Winehouse had suffered a relapse into drug and alcohol abuse.
The singer showed up nearly an hour late for a concert in June at Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Park and disappointed the crowd of approximately 20,000 by stumbling about, mumbling through her songs and occasionally exiting the stage — leaving her bewildered band and backup singers performing in her place. The concert was to be the first of a 12-date tour, which was cancelled soon after.
Though she was flooded with a variety of musical accolades over the years, the performer made headlines in Britain and worldwide for her increasingly erratic behaviour, dishevelled appearance, poor performance at recent concerts and substance abuse problem. Winehouse also had a tumultuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she married in 2007. They had many public spats, which often turned violent. The couple divorced in 2009.