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. tensor

    That's too bad. Hate to see drugs and alcohol get the better of anyone.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ismet

    Really people? 92 dead in Norway by the hand of some lunatic Christian fundamentalist and this story gets second spot but Amy's death is #1 breaking news. What a world we live in!!!
    RIP innocence of Norway.
    Amy you got what you wanted.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sp737

      Why do the order of things matter so much ?!?

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

      Your sanctimony ruins the air of grief for Norway that you're trying to convey. Get over yourself.

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

      I'm with you! Not a fan anyways....

      July 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patrick

    So very sad. I wish everyone, including herself, would have put her health far above the profits from her music. it was clear from the last videos of her trying to perform that she needed to be helped even if she protested. Whoever sold her the smack that most surely killed her should be put away for life. R.I.P. Amy, may your example help others see the light when it comes to the kinds of drugs that are fatal. As a side note: Welcome to club 27.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Expected

    Just the natural weeding out of the human population.....

    July 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Craig

    Very sad. 27 is way too young no matter what your demons are.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Yeah, tell that to Cobain, Morrison, Joplin, Hendrix and Jones. all 27 too.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. teakroy

    Sad news 🙁 our world is lossing people ..

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

    I don't know what it is about the age of 27 years for takented, self destructive singers such as Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrixx and Kurt Cobain to shuffle off this mortal coil of ours, but it seems to be a very popular age at which to cash it in. RIP, Amy.

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

      don't forget Ron "Pigpen" McKernon (grateful dead keyboard player), Janis Joplin and Robert Johnson.

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

      Hendrix is dead?!?

      July 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yahko

      Janis Joplin as well – whats up with that 27 age........

      July 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. otherside802

    Shocking!!!! I thought she was already dead.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. frank

    Take note Lindsay Lohan!!! Take Note......

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

    Dan, You are a loser.

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

      While hateful words have no place, let's not forget this was hardly a tragedy in the sense that this woman was not murdered or terminally ill. Yes addiction is an illness but there are many who pull through it to better their lives, and some cannot. Those who perished in Norway are a tragedy. Those who try to be good citizens and contribute to society are victims when tragedy strikes. It's too bad her life turned into what it did, but the world had a lot of real tragedy that demands our attention.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*cecme

      F U to all u naysayers, Amy was a daughter, friend & an inspiration to me.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • han

      Nice to see that a drug addict can inspire you to achieve more in life. Unless you meant she inspired you to use the pipe.

      This woman doesn't deserve anymore sympathy than let's say Ryan Dunn when he made the stupid decision to drink and drive. Only thing good was that no one else was hurt in this case

      July 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sam

    thank you for shifting the focus of your home page from the norway massacre to these 3 sentences about amy winehouse, cnn. i'm glad your priorities are straight.

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

      my apologies. i just noticed that little 4th sentence. in that case, continue with the operation.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vicki

    So sad that she couldn't fight her demons! I didn't like her music but it is still a tragedy and a waste of talent. RIP AMY,

    July 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Peto

    Back to Black ...

    R.I.P. Amy

    July 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Icepick

    White Lady -1, Amy Winehouse – 0.

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

      I think the white lady is got a much bigger body count.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Christopher

    NOT a great loss...NOT a great talent...NOT a great shock...let's not martyr a person just because they died...for some people, living is too hard, and that was clearly the case here....

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