Extremely talented, exceedingly destructive, British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment in north London Saturday morning, according to Sky News. The 27-year-old singer was found by police after being called by ambulance services. Her death is currently being treated as unexplained, and there are no reports of foul play.
In the outpouring of instant media reaction, read Twitter, fans and fellow celebrities are shocked, but not surprised. Amy Winehouse has a history littered with drug and alcohol issues, and though the initial reports have not disclosed cause, everyone seems to have a pretty good idea.
In these instances, see Kurt Cobain, we mourn the tragic, sudden, loss of a talented individual dying way too young. Then we look for reasons why; we look for someone to blame.
It will be convenient to point fingers at Amy’s support group. “Where were her friends and family?” Anyone who says this has no idea how difficult it is to help someone who does not want it.
It is reasonable to suspect Amy’s loved ones did everything they could. Her ex-husband even went to jail for her, allegedly. But, if you live a certain lifestyle, and have a certain elevated income, you will attract no shortage of people who are going to tell you exactly what you want to hear.
Michael Jackson, Chris Farley, Anna Nicole Smith, John Belushi; the list is lengthy. The people who really care about you will ask you to stop drinking, they will try to help you control your partying. On the other shoulder will be the suckerfish who call themselves your friends, who will confirm for you that you are indestructible, as long as you keep supplying the blow.
Self-destruction is a lifestyle; it’s a choice. If you do not then choose to save yourself, there is little anyone can do for you. The tragedy is magnified when it happens to a celebrity, because the heartbreaking waste of talent is right out there for the world to see.
Charlie Sheen, Miley Cyrus, you guys from Jackass; this is your wakeup call.