SF learns Russell Brand makes tribute to Amy Winehouse (photos, video)
LONDON, England — Top news here in San Francisco continues to be about the singer Amy Winehouse who was found dead in her London home. (See breaking news article on the singer’s death here: SF learns Amy Winehouse dead at 27 (photos) )
San Francisco fan, Colleen Barter, says: “It may not be a surprise to her fans but it is still very, very sad. One of her songs was about not going to Rehab but in effect, she should have done just that. RIP Amy Winehouse.”
Many celebrity singers and artists put their feelings and condolences on social media sites like Twitter. Kelly Osbourne tweeted: “i cant even breathe right now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love u forever Amy & will never forget the real you!”
Another of Amy Winehouse’s friends, Russell Brand, also mourned the British singer using social media. He wrote about her on his website after he received the news of her passing.
Russell Brand understood the lifestyle that Amy Winehouse, age 27, was living, as he is a recovering addict himself. He met Amy Winehouse for the first time in Camden, North London.
On his website, Brand wrote: “I was myself at that time barely out of rehab and was thirstily seeking less complicated women so I barely reflected on the now glaringly obvious fact that Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction.”
Although the two had met, it wasn’t until later, however, that Brand actually saw Winehouse perform. “She wasn’t just some hapless wannabe, yet another pissed up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes,” he goes on to say on his website. “She was a f—ing genius.”
The cause of Amy Winehouse’s death has not yet been determined, although British police are saying it is not drug-related. Winehouse was already dead by the time the ambulance and police had been called. (See that article here: SF learns Amy Winehouse dead at 27 (photos) )
Brand says society needs to look at drug addiction in a different way.
“Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today,” says Brand. “We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease. Not all addicts have Amy’s incredible talent … All we can do is adapt the way we view [addiction], not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill.”
Brand has been sober himself now for 8 years, although he continues to attend AA meeting 3 times every week to keep his addiction at bay. Amy Winehouse’ s struggles with drugs and alcohol were well-known to her fans and the public at large.
“To me, the gravity is heroin, and then death. You know, to sleep,” said Brand to Details magazine back in May of this year, “that incremental suicide of turning your life into a dream, to make being awake as similar to sleep as possible. Drowsily, lazily, dry-mouth your way through the day’s ceremonies, fumble your way back into the dew-bather you never really left, draped in brown, brown now all around, the haze!”
RIP Amy Winehouse, your San Francisco fans will miss you,
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