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. Isaac

    Is it sad? Yes it is.... but I can't feel any remorse or sympathy for someone that flushes their life down the toilet like that.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sisu

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNC3wUBkfAU&w=640&h=360]
    the best song of Amy...

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jp

    Sad as any loss, but not unexpected

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Russ

    It's really sad to hear all the negative comments...she was one of the most talented female artists alive to be honest. She got sucked into an all to real/familiar lifestyle that became an addiction. It's pitiful to me that people can be so insensitive immediately following a person's DEATH, especially one who'd never done you harm. Pathetic. Alcoholism/drug addiction are diseases, educate yourselves and leave the ignorance unpublished.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Not surprised

    ...they tried to take me to rehab, I shoulda said, YES, YES, YES!

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. oregonbob

    What is this sentence fragment in the aritcle : "considered a through-back to the Motown days of music."?

    "through-back"? Who is writing now days.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. whatever

    Good for her. She set a goal, stuck with it and accomplished it.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • frozen robot

      win

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

      I agree with you – at least she was successful at something – her music sucks big time!

      July 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I have total empathy for this singer, and for every artist who loses his life to addiction.
    Their problem is somewhat different from other addicts' shared problem. A star's problem is Rufus Follet's problem in A DEATH IN THE FAMILY:
    "...those receive me...well-beloved...but will not, oh, will not, not now, not ever; but will not ever tell me who I am."

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. couchtater

    The thing that is so sad are the comments about how happy her death makes people. Why? What did she ever do to you? You people sitting on your high horses will eventually fall. And when you do, I hope someone will be there for you so that you don't have to die alone as Amy did. RIP Amy....

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Trevor

    What an awful thing to say dude. Even if she WAS a heroin addict, she woman was only twenty seven. She had 5 grammys for christ sake. This isn't the time to be a troll.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Keyser

    I wonder if she'll go to rehab now!

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joey

    does this suprise anyone ? shame.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Will

    The "war on drugs" is not stopping these things from happening one tiny bit. It is time for a restructuring. A bold and brave new focus. New ideas that haven't been tried before. Out of the box thinking. Or we'll just go on with the status quo and keep reading these kinds of headlines indefinitely.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    Always bringing the news spotlight back on HERSELF

    July 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MIke

    So sad. I fully expected it but it really is heartbreaking. I kept hoping that she would put out at least one more album.

    RIP Amy. You weren't a bad person. Just a person with some demons that eventually won out.

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