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. Randy Cox

    This is sad but not all THAT sad. She wasn't very pretty. It's only sad when pretty people die.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cpc65

    No way! I'll bet nobody saw that one coming.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anon

    no loss

    July 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. trisha g

    What a tragic ending. As for those ignorant “People” making comments and jokes about this situation show that you have no CLASS! Never should one wish another human being dead have some respect!!! R.I.P AMY

    July 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eddie

    It is no longer necessary to speak ill of the deceased ! It is always sad to see a person with a gift such as hers leave us this way. Prayers to the family during this very sad time.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bangwagon

    She fell off the wagon too many times and the wagon ran her over. I don't have any sympathy for her, since she did it to herself. I feel bad for the family that had and has to go through what she put them through.

    There are more important news out there especially the Norway massacre too worry about someone who took there own life on stupidity.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mary


    And as mixed up and miserable as she was she took it out on herself.. Unlike you, who vents your misery on others.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JoeBlow

    Addiction is no joke. Lack of self control has zero to do with it. It took 3 programs/5 years/ & lot of self disgust, despair, & the love of my beautiful wife for me to kick my coke addiction. Hard drugs are evil. Have some empathy, we are all flawed. RIP Amy. And FYI the aversion therapy program that has- for the last 25 years- worked for me isn't available, anymore [it worked for me in 2 days].

    July 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chelle

    shouldve gone to rehab. yes, yes, yes.....but I hope she is resting in peace now at least

    July 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mel Q

    This is a terrible loss for her family. All of nasty comments from some on this board is just sad. Indeed, so are the comments from people who would rather correct someones grammar than post condolences to her family and friend is just narcissistic. It is sad that at such a young age she would loss her life. And it is also a loss to the music world because she was a really great singer. Where is your compassion? If this was your friend or family, how would you like to read insults on the web about them? Would you joke then? No, I don't think you would.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dennis

    Very sad to see a young life lost.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Isabella

    Its like all the great singers die!why is that what a waste? R.i.p Amy may god rest ur soul.remember for ur next life drugs aren't cute!!

    July 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy Cox

      Yeah, great advice... for the dead.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. elline

    Amy was clinically diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In her early twenties Amy announced she would never take prescription medication to control her disease. This very poor decision was an almost 100% guarantee of addiction to illegal substances and death. Why do our medical systems allow young adults who are clearly mentally unstable to make decisions about how to treat a serious disorder? Someone's legal chronological age means squat if they're mentally unstable. Her parents should have been legally able to insist that she be treated with bipolar meds.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      yes, and why stop there? if we know someone has an illness, we should be able to force whatever medication on them that society deems necessary.. sound logic there, adolph

      July 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      The medical establishment let her make her own decision because if they forced medication on someone who is bipolar, but not a direct danger to themselves or others, then that would set a huge precedent for allowing them to drug anyone deemed to have a mental illness. Not something I would support. She was a big girl and made her own decisions. Many people become drug addicts with no mental illness. Sad ending to a young life.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Link

    Too bad her drug dealer lost a client

    July 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • TMG

      no that is funny... lol

      July 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Evon

    I was listening to "back to black" on Thursday, wishing I had something new from her. I thought to myself that it was unlikely, as she would probably OD. Never thought it would happen so soon. Sad for her and her family, and sad for us who won't hear her unique voice anymore.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • wetcougar

      What a helluva a song that song is!!!!! Give me chills and video too! Became an instant favorite 2-3 years ago when I first bought her cd.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
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