Saturday, July 23rd, troubled singer Amy Winehouse finally and sadly succumbed to her addictions. Winehouse was found dead in her North London apartment not surprisingly from an apparent drug overdose. The UK Press Association states that a police report confirmed “On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.” Just recently she left yet another unsuccessful stint at a British rehabilitation facility back in May and was gearing towards starting a European tour after canceling her tour last month.
Since Winehouses strong U.S. debut back in 2007, drugs and alcohol have haltered any further achievements in the promising career, made more impossible by the marriage to fellow troublemaker and addict Blake Fielder Civil. They divorced in 2009 but Amy Winehouse never achieved longterm sobriety and made a pattern of rehab stints and show cancellations, many of which were after being booed off the stage.
Back in 2008 the Motown inspired songstress won 5 Grammy’s (including 3 the Big 4: Song of the Year, Record of the Year & Best New Artist) despite backlash and threats of boycotting from supporters and advertisers because of Winehouse’s blatant drug abuse and public disregard of getting help. Such actions best described in her most famous song “Rehab” that sings “they try to make me go to rehab, but I say No, No, No.”
Many attempts had been made by Winehouse for a follow-up to her sophmore album “Back In Black” (her debut was 2003’s Frank, at the young age of 19.), including a duet with Tony Bennet’s duet album due this September and a recently formed supergroup with American talent ?uestlove of the Hip Hop band The Roots and former Tony Toni Tone singer Raphael Saadiq despite her American Visa woes. Unfortunately, the supreme talent that encompassed Amy Winehouse has been thwarted by addiction thats held her hostage most of her adult life. At approximately 3:54pm local time she passed away at age 27.
Winehouse joins the phenomenon known as the “27 Club”. The 27 Club refers to a group of musicians who never made it past the age of 27 mostly thanks to drugs and alcohol. Legendary artists include Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Curt Cobain, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison of The Doors and now the recently deceased Amy Winehouse.