On Saturday, the light of a falling star faded, triggering a whole range of emotions, from misery and grief among her family and relatives to sorrow and shock for her fans, to even joy for some organizations who saw her Amy Winehouse’s death as an opportunity to get big bucks. But the truth stands painfully as no one can save Winehouse no more. Some have anticipated because of her history with drug and alcohol abuse, the singer herself predicted and yet it was hard to believe that the singer who opened so many doors for future singers was no longer among us.
Amy Winehouse predicted she would die at the age of 27 and so she did at her home in Camden, north London, on Saturday, joining the long lineup of music stars who passed away at this young age - Jimi Hendrix, Doors singer Jim Morrison, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin.
The ‘Rehab‘ singer who had an “obsessive” personality when it came to drugs, alcohol and food, was found dead in her home six hours after she left this world. According to Daily Mail, the London Metropolitan Police said in a statement, “Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs, 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. Enquirers continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.”
Goodman, Winehouse’s friend and rep, said in a statement that the late singer was found in bed by her bodyguard. “She was in her bedroom after saying she wanted to sleep and when he went to wake her he found she wasn’t breathing,” he said according to TMZ. “He called the emergency services straight away. He was very shocked. At this stage no one knows how she died. She died alone in bed.”
However, due to her troubled past, some suspect the singer died from a drug overdose. Some do not agree, regarding the fact that she has just checked out from rehab. Her marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil proved to be destructive. It led Winehouse not just into drug problems but also into mental troubles writ large in her self-harming. Winehouse entered treatment in late 2007 for drug problems, including admitted heroin use.She had this incredible talent present not just in her voice but in her song writing, but by 2008 it became clear that she was never going to fulfill that talent.
Her friend Alex Foden, who once lived with the musician, said: “Unfortunately, Amy had a very obsessive personality. She did everything to extremes, especially when it came to food and drugs. She loved food.” He also said that her problem with drugs became so prevalent she would sometimes get through £1,000 worth of cocaine in one night, because she would be paying for all her friends to get high as well. In an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper, Alex explained: “Amy was very generous so she’d pay for all the drugs - manly coke, heroin and cannabis. At her worst she could get through about £1,000 worth of gear in 24 hours. Her limits were incredible, but she usually knew how much she could take. Because heroin depletes the sugar levels in your blood, she used to mainly survive off sweets.”
The five-time Grammy winner was buried in a private ceremony this week at the Edgwarebury cemetery in north London, before Winehouse’s body was taken to the Golders Green crematorium, where her grandmother was cremated. Thousands of friends, including Mark Ronson, the producer of her hugely successful album Back To Black, and long-standing friend Kelly Osbourne, and family said goodbye and headed to Schindler Hall in Southgate for the beginning of a shiva, a traditional period of mourning in the Jewish faith. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, ended with 40-minute eulogy during which he talked about his daughter’s childhood and her talent, finally saying: “Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.” Now, a memorial concert is being planned for Amy, with her father Mitch planning to get together a huge line-up of music stars.
This entry was posted on Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 11:03 am and is filed under News.