Singer Amy Winehouse found dead, UK press says
Singer Amy Winehouse, who had a history of battling drugs and alcohol, had recently left a rehab program.
July 23rd, 2011
12:52 PM ET

Singer Amy Winehouse found dead, UK press says

Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her apartment in London on Saturday, the UK Press Association reported. She was 27.

The "Rehab" singer had a history of battling drugs and alcohol and recently left a British rehabilitation program that a representative said was intended to prepare her for scheduled European concerts.

But she cut short the European concert tour in Belgrade, Serbia, last month after she staggered around the stage and stumbled through several songs.

The troubled British singer was known for a stirring, soulful voice that many considered a throwback to the Motown sound.

She had a breakout year in 2008 when she won several Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her hit “Rehab.” Her album “Back to Black” garnered Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year.

But there was trouble.

Winehouse's volatile marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil took a toll  on the singer's career. The couple divorced in 2009 after a stormy two years marked by drug addiction and arrests.

Winehouse’s parents went public with their efforts to help their daughter, telling the London Telegraph in 2009 that she was on the road to recovery.

"A gradual recovery, which is good,” Winehouse’s father, Mitch, told the Telegraph. “With slight backward steps - not drug backward steps, more drink backward steps if you follow my drift. I think that will be the pattern of recovery."

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  1. Fredrico

    To those of you taking this as an opportunity to joke, screw you. This was somebody's daughter, probably somebody's lover and no doubt somebody's best friend. I have a morbid sense of humor too sometimes, but come on, have a heart! I've never even heard her music and I still feel pity because I've been there too with some of my friends. RIP Amy.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • rightnyer

      Sorry, I'll save my sympathy for people who don't do it themselves.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Well if you did listen to her song "I don't want to go to rehab" - it was a big old joke to her.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Very nicely said.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miles

      Well said.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Too bad most drug addicts are someone's noose, the person they don't want to deal with, or the one who has ruined their lives due to their habits. Drug addicts are selfish, egocentric people. Any rehabilitated drug addict will tell you the same thing.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobby

      she is little more than another dead junkie who choose self abuse over personal success.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • KATHY

      I am with you Fredrico. You will have to listen to her music. It will blow you away. I have always wanted for Amy to sober up and present us with a new album. R.I.P., Amy

      July 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • zoundsman

      I can late to be aware of her talent. Go to y outube. Try her rendition of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."
      I then knew what the fuss was about-incredible talent.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Draconian

      She had every bit of support and help that the vast majority cannot get, and still she didn't give a flip about the help she was getting. She was a spoiled brat of a human. I can find nothing at all sad about her passing - which is saying something.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Thank you for responding to the bowels of the earth that roam these comment blogs. The problem is that you're trying to reason with a bunch of morons.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • alphacentauri07

      I'm glad to know there are still kind human beings out there. Thank-you Fredrico... Well stated.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ari

      You should listen to her music. It's even sadder when you realize how talented she was. But then again I think a lot of musically/artistically gifted people seem to struggle with such problems. The music world has lost one of the few great singers of our generation. RIP Amy.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • IxNay

      She was hugely talented and anyone that says otherwise is ridiculous. Drugs takes too many young lives.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mena Beth Scarlett

    Oh to shine brightly in this time of now and the last. Forever is the memory of our Amy Winehouse cast. Farewell dear songstress!

    July 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Mena,
      I loved her. We'll miss her – I love what you wrote. ❤

      July 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MS

    Another member of the 27 club. So Sad

    July 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • 12-21-12

      Brian Jones (of The Rolling Stones)
      Jimi Hendricks
      Janis Joplin (3 weeks after Jimi)
      Jim Morrison
      Kurt Cobain
      Amy Winehouse

      July 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emma

    This is very sad but not surprising news. She never got the help she truly needed. I hope her troubled, talented soul is at peace now. RIP, Amy.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Geoff

    Number one only list at Deadpool this year... Actually something of a gimme and I'm sure they will shave points for predictability. Next up Lindsay Lohan

    July 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • COCOA

      WHAT IS THAT TO PUT UPON A PERSON VERY VERY INAPPROPRIATE

      July 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin Rezendes

    Everyone is trying to out do each other with special comments here. You were a very hard working star that was fighting addiction. You will be missed .

    July 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aezel

      Nah she as just a bratty young girl who was too stubborn to seek help when she needed it. Good riddance.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      I know... everyone's too cool for school. Very sad! What a waste...

      July 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grant

      She was not a hard worker – her laziness to her craft was legendary – and by most accounts was not fighting an addiction at all. Sad for her family but made her own bed here.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Aezel

    Boring and predictable death is boring and predictable.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SixDegrees

    And another public, slow-motion suicide finally concludes.

    About time.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hfd311

    requiescat in pace

    July 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert Barker

    The warning signs were there just like they are with Lidnsay Lohan

    July 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. b. Slider

    oh, what a shock.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ade Oduwa

    R.I.P Amy, you were a talent.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Charles Darwin

    That's one way to take yourself out of the gene pool. Is anybody the least bit surprised? This woman has reaked of death for the last 5 years. I'm surprised she lasted as long as she did.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GBL

    Another victim of the war on drugs. For lack of a better term, she was a "professional drug addict". She knew her drugs and how much to take. Probably died from something unexpected - "bad drugs" supplied from some sleaze bag selling in some back alley. Make them legal means quality control.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      Idiotic. Making them legal means increasing access to people that have no business having access to them. This is another example of how people with unfettered access to drugs will behave irresponsibly and destructively.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      Idiotic and uninformed. It only takes a "little" more than usual to kill. For all the smug posters here, beware!

      July 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Petey

      Yeah, because regulation is working so well for produce and commercial air travel. Seriously, let the "legal means safe" argument die with what remains of its dignity. There's no more money left in any Western country to regulate anything else. There won't even be money for law roads or health care in ten years, let alone the time or money to give you free drugs. Please get a life – and more importantly, buy it with your own money.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Alcohol is legal and of high quality. I've personally watched too many people drink themselves to death. Legality has nothing to do with an addict's self-destruction.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ninecreative

      Actually it's probably more likely that she OD'ed because she had just gotten out of rehab. She didn't have the tolerance she did when she was using full time. When one gets clean from opioids their chances of OD'ing if they use again are 2000% more likely than when they were full-blown addicts. I wouldn't be surprised if the latter was the case. I also wouldn't be surprised if it was a combination of drugs, like benzodiazepines and heroin. But I do agree with you that this war on drugs is costing more lives than it's saving, that's a damn fact.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. freein2033

    This is like the 3rd or 5th time that Amy Winehouse has died. She will pull through.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
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