On Saturday July 23, British soul singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her North London home at approximately 4pm GMT. As for the cause of death, British police say it is “unexplained” at this time. Most people believe she overdosed with drugs and/or alcohol, including her mother and father. Tributes, flowers, candles and notes are being left outside her home by the many fans of her music. Although Amy only released two albums (Frank in 2003 and Back to Black in 2006) her voice was extraordinary. She shot to fame in 2006 with the release of Back to Black which won multiple Grammy awards (5 out of the 6 categories she was nominated in) in 2007 at age 22. Instant fame can lead to many things and in Amy’s case it lead to alcohol and drug addiction.
Amy Winehouse in concert, 2008.
Sadly, in the last five years after the release of the Back To Black, Amy’s life became tabloid trash as she sank deeper into her addictions. Her marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil (2007-2009) was fueled by alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine. Blake admitted to a British tabloid as saying ” he introduced her to crack cocaine and heroin”. But, if we backtrack to 2005, Amy went through a period of drinking, heavy drug use, violent mood swings and weight loss. People who saw her during the end of that year and early 2006 reported a rebound that coincided with the writing of Back to Black.
As I went on to Twitter yesterday, so many stupid things were being said about her. One tweet by a Canadian artist said “Why did the people around her not do anything?” to which I replied that “Um no – it was Amy herself who did not want the help as her many times in rehab clearly shows”. In a Rolling Stone interview on 14 June 2007, Amy admitted that she had problems with self harm, manic depression and eating disorders. She had these issues before she became famous and were only amplified with her fame.
I just hope that Amy has now found peace and that she is no longer in any pain. RIP Amy you will be forever remembered by your astounding voice.
RIP Amy Winehouse in 2009 outside a London Courtroom.
UPDATED – August 15, 2011
British police have said that the autopsy of Amy Winehouse was “inconclusive” as to how she passed. I believe that her body just gave out in some way from her past addictions.