On the Radar: Winehouse autopsy, famine meeting, cemetery spruce-up
Flowers, pictures and messages are left in tribute to Amy Winehouse near the house in north London where her body was found.
July 25th, 2011
06:03 AM ET

On the Radar: Winehouse autopsy, famine meeting, cemetery spruce-up

Three things you need to know today.

Amy Winehouse: An autopsy to determine what killed singer Amy Winehouse has been scheduled for Monday afternoon, Scotland Yard says.

"Inquiries continue into the circumstances of the death," police said Sunday. At this stage, the 27-year-old's death "is being treated as unexplained and there have been no arrests in connection with the incident," police said.

The singer, beloved for her talent but infamous for erratic public behavior, arrests and drug problems, was found dead at her apartment in London on Saturday, police and her publicist confirmed.

Winehouse's family said in a statement Sunday it "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."

Somalia famine: The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations convenes an emergency meeting in Rome on Monday to address the famine on the Horn of Africa.

Last week, a unit of the U.N. agency declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia and warned that famine conditions are expected to spread in the coming months.

Monday's meeting was organized by the French government. Representatives from governments and non-governmental organizations are expected to attend.

The goal of the meeting is to look at ways to combat famine and drought in several countries and not to solicit pledges of aid, according to the FAO's website.

Arlington cemetery spruce-up: Five hundred landscapers and lawn care professionals from around the country head to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Monday for a day of service at the cemetery.

The landscapers from the PLANET Professional Lawncare Network will prune, mulch, aerate and plant over the cemetery's 200 acres, according to an announcement on the group's website.

This is the 15th year for the Renewal and Remembrance event at the cemetery. The work to be performed is estimated at $250,000 in value, which will bring the total 15-year contribution to more than $2 million, according to the organizers.

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  1. Cherylane1

    I am honestly shocked @ how cold some comments are about Amy.. She was a human being, daughter , friend, niece , as well as a talented singer. She was so much more than just an " addict " . I'm guessing the people writing negative comments have never experienced addiction, either themselves or of a loved one.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • CSMinDC

      She was a crackhead who helped the dealers with her lifestyle. She made her bed, and died in it. She's dead, I'm glad. She's someone's child, but yet she's still dead. I don't care for her family or friends. Oh, someone just died in Africa, oh no, someone's child. Do you really care?

      July 25, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • jennygirl

      untrue. many have experienced loving someone who has an addiction. it wreaks havoc and the whole family has to center their lives on the addict. a spiraling circle, no peace, anxiety and stress...is this what you mean?

      July 25, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Yawn...

    Let's not go overboard with this whole "she was a talented artist" thing. She wasn't. Her music was horrendous and her antics were atrocious. I do, however, feel for her family because they are the ones that have to live with the pain of their loss due to her stupidity.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Moonlander

      First of all, be respectful, it's poor form to make fun of someone right after their death. I hope you will be treated respectfully after your death, for the sake of your family.

      Second of all, if you have such a problem with her drug use, you might as well erase half of the music from your ipod, because a LOT of your favorite music was created/recorded while on drugs.

      Thirdly, Amy had more talent in her thumb than all of you combined. She had (literally) one million times as many fans as you

      July 25, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Zeke2112

    I'm predicting that the toxicology testing machine will catch fire and cry out, "1001001."

    July 25, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sarcastro

    What's with all the people saying "What a shame, she was so talented". Her music was terrible, and she was a terrible and weak human.

    I'm so sick of people sympathizing with druggies. "They struggle with their demons/ They are so strong for battling their illness". Nonsense. You know who deserves attention and praise? All the people who made the tough choices in life and never tried drugs to begin with.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Moonlander

      The only people who we would be better off without are those who have a complete lack of compassion/empathy. In fact that is a mental disorder, and a dangerous one.

      Lots of your favorite music was created while on drugs. get over it or stop listening to music.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • scramble

      She was all those things and more. Had the world by the tail and could not deal with life. Weak.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Slamman007

    The moment Amy passed on, the gates of heaven opened, horns played while angels sand and she was welcomed home. No more pain, no more suffering, and yes, she will be missed. If anyone here has ever loved an addict, a little piece of you dies everytime you see them high or in trouble. We remember them for the person we love, so we learn to love the person and shun the behavior. Anyone that has said anything disrespectful here should truly seek help.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarcastro

      You're looking in the wrong direction. A violent, weak-willed druggie is likely dealing with a whole different class of angels- the fallen type.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. cHANG

    RIP... and thats that

    July 25, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Deirdre

    I find it amazing how someone could be so disrespectful and to someone you don't know. You have idea why this young soul turned to drugs and who are you to judge someone? Is your life that perfect you can look down on another? And most importantly didn't your mother ever teach you "if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything"

    July 25, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. scramble

    I bet she was LDS.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. dutspup

    Im not going to rehab no no no

    July 25, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. BOB

    LET ME GUESS, OLD AGE KILLED HER.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Hmmm....just thinking

    Hmmm.....Just thinking how it is crazy that people are saying rude things about someone after they have died, and then at that they were soo young. But Winehouse aside, don't you think it is crazy how few of these comments are focusing on the fact that there are people literally STARVING AND DYING at an alarming rate? Or even if the death of countless people doesn't have an effect on you, why not the fact that a cemetery filled with fallen soldiers is getting a new look to show some respect for the deceased? Oh well, I was just thinking anyway.....

    July 25, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Moonlander

    First of all, be respectful, it's poor form to make fun of someone right after their death. I hope you will be treated respectfully after your death, for the sake of your family.

    Second of all, if you have such a problem with her drug use, you might as well erase half of the music from your ipod, because a LOT of your favorite music was created/recorded while on drugs.

    Thirdly, Amy had more talent in her thumb than all of you combined. She had (literally) one million times as many fans as you.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. scramble

    To bad she was not married in the Temple–she could have her own planet to get stoned on and run around skinny assed nakid!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sarah

    drugs..no drugs...weak...horrible...etc...wth is wrong with you people??? It does not make a difference how she died..bottom line is she did..and that is what is horrible...she was young and yes she was talented..maybe not to your taste, but she was...i lost my little brother at age 23..he shot himself...we lost a big piece of our family...again....no matter how..we DID LOSE HIIM....

    July 25, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Slamman007

    @Sarah
    I am very sorry for the loss of your brother. God Bless you and your family.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
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