The troubled soul sensation was found dead at her north London home on Saturday afternoon. The ambulance service found the singer shortly before four pm but was unable to revive her.
After her troubled yet brilliant career and a history of drug and alcohol abuse, it’s suspected that she died of a drugs overdose but as yet the cause of death has not been confirmed by authorities.
Winehouse’s US record label issued a statement saying,
“We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer. Our prayers go out to Amy’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time”.
The police said in a statement,
“Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained”.
At the time of her death, Amy Winehouse was working on her new album, a long awaited follow up to her mega selling 2006 breakthrough, Back to Black.
However her battles against substance addiction have long held the media in thrall and many people these days are more aware of her various problems with drugs than with her music.
Her mother predicted early death
Back in 2008 her mother Janis predicted that her daughter might end up in an early grave unless she could come to terms with her demons:
“I’ve known for a long time that my daughter has problems. But seeing it on screen rammed it home. I realise my daughter could be dead within the year. We’re watching her kill herself, slowly. I’ve already come to terms with her dead. I’ve steeled myself to ask her what ground she wants to be buried in, which cemetery. Because the drugs will get her if she stays on this road.”
During the height of her career, Winehouse won five Grammys for her hugely successful Back to Black album, and was a raw talent in complete contrast to the anodyne pop acts and manufactured bands of the day.