Soul-jazz singer Amy Winehouse was found dead by the police in her home in London. She was only 27. The diva was known for her erratic behavior which included drug abuse, alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violence.
Amy Winehouse was one of those musicians who live in a contradiction between the talent they have and express, and the self-destructive behavior that overshadows it. The “Back to Black” artist won five Grammys, making her one of the most respectable musical artists. However, she had her own demons she had to overcome.
The police report shows that Winehouse was found already dead inside her home in Camden Square, in northern London. The Ambulance cars that arrived at the scene couldn’t do anything to help. When they arrived, she was already gone. The reports state the cause of death is yet unknown and will be investigated. The officers had surrounded the street with police tape to keep the people away.
One of the closest friends to the singer, actress Kelly Osbourne, posted a simple and yet very emotional message on Twitter: “I cant even breath right now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy and will never forget the real you!” Kelly, the daughter of famous rocker Ozzie Osbourne, was the one who convinced Amy to check into rehab in 2008.
Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, who was in New York at the time of the news, flew back home to be with his family. He was preparing for his debut in the United States, at the Blue Note club, which had to take place on Monday, according to his publicist, Don Lucoff.
Amy Winehouse was last seen in public on Wednesday, at a concert of Dionne Bromfield, her granddaughter. The jazz diva joined Bromfield on stage, cheering her up and encouraging the fans to buy her album.
Back in 2007, after releasing her famous album “Back to Black” in Europe and the U.S., Winehouse said she couldn’t find inspiration anymore: “I had writer’s block for so long. And as a writer, your self-worth is literally based on the last thing you wrote…”. She also confessed she had her own demons tormenting her. She was struggling with a diagnosis of manic depressive behavior and this, without taking medication. The effects revealed themselves shortly after: more and more performances were cancelled and she was photographed several times with scars on her face and hands and mostly drunk. Between 2008 and 2010 she was rushed to the hospital several times as she would faint inside her home and causing herself injuries when falling.
Even though many suspect a drug overdose as the cause of Amy Winehouse’s death, Superintendent Raj Kohli states that “no post-mortem examination has yet taken place and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death.”