Amy Winehouse Found Dead at Her London Home
The news agency reports the 27-year-old Grammy award-winning singer, best known for her hit song "Rehab," died of an apparent drug overdose.
The singer has battled addiction to drug and alcohol for years, most recently checking into another rehab facility in May.
Known for her bluesy, retro sound and massive beehive, the London native made a valiant stab at a comeback with a planned European tour this summer, only to cancel it after one show in May when she was booed off the stage because she was seemingly too drunk to perform. The show started off on a wrong foot when she shouted "Hello Athens!" to the waiting crowd of 20,000 -- she was in Belgrade, Serbia. Reports indicate it went downhill from there. Throughout the 90-minute show, she stumbled through songs, dropped her microphone and at times left the stage, leaving her band alone. Concertgoers finally booed her off the stage and left the venue. Following the show, the singer apologized to her fans and canceled the remainder of the tour.
Although she won raves from music critics around (see her best videos and performances here), the singer was more well-known for her addiction issues, troubled relationship with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil and run-ins with the law.Sunday Mirror reports a combination of alcohol and ecstasy are to blame. Officials, however, have been quick to refute this. Superintendent Raj Kohli of the Metropolitan police in London issued a statement saying,
"I am aware of reports suggesting this death is the result of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to re-emphasize that no post-mortem examination has yet taken place and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death."Amy's father Mitch, himself a musician, was on his way back to London this evening having reportedly been in New York to play a gig at a local club. He is said to be devastated over her death. In a statement, her family 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."
Universal Records, who had supported Amy and been her record label since her smash debut, released the following statement, "We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer." Even the legendary Tony Bennett, who had worked with Amy on a duet this past year, was touched by the loss, saying
"Amy Winehouse was an artist of immense proportions and I am deeply saddened to learn of her tragic passing. 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. She was a lovely and intelligent person and when we recorded together she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance. I was honored to have the opportunity to sing with her. It had been my sincere hope that she would be able to overcome the issues she was battling and I send my deepest sympathy to her father Mitchell, her entire family and all of those who loved her."