Police have reported that the famously troubled bee-hived jazz singer Amy Winehouse was discovered at her London home dead on Saturday 22nd July. Police confirmed that a 27-year-old female was pronounced dead at the home in Camden Square North London; the cause of death is not known at this present time but London Ambulance Services said Winehouse had died before the two ambulance crews it sent arrived at the scene and an autopsy is scheduled for Sunday. Chris Goodman, her publicity spokesman said “Everyone who was involved with Amy is shocked and devastated. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.” Her father, Mitch Winehouse, who became a musician had just flown to New York to star in a couple of shows at the Blue Note jazz club, but is immediately flying back to the U.K.
Tributes to the singer are already flooding in. Kelly Osbourne, who herself has battled against drink and drugs and helped Winehouse check into a drug addiction treatment facility in 2008, was one of many who expressed their sorrow for the singer 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!” Lily Allen also tweeted about the sad loss to the music industry and how it was a waste of talent.
Winehouse was born in the Southgate area of North London to a Jewish family were she was the younger of two children (older brother Alex) of Mitchell Winehouse, a taxi driver, and Janis Winehouse (née Seaton), a pharmacist. Her father Mitchell often sang Frank Sinatra to young Amy, who also took to a constant habit of singing to the point that teachers found it difficult keeping her quiet in class. Amy attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School but was supposedly expelled at 14. She went on to attend the Brit School. Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, was released on 20 October 2003. Many songs were influenced by jazz and, apart from two covers, every song was co-written by Winehouse. Her second album Back to Black was released in the UK on 30 October 2006. It went to number one on the UK Albums Chart on numerous times, and entered at number seven on the Billboard 200 in the United States. It was the best-selling album in the UK in 2007, selling 1.85 million copies over the year.
Although Winehouse had great success she never wanted to be famous and saw herself as a musician first and foremost. In her last few appearances she was booed off the stage as she forgot lyrics to her own songs and the names of her band members and local media described her performance as a scandal and disaster. She then pulled out of performances in Istanbul and Athens which had been scheduled for the following week. On 21 June it was announced that she had cancelled all shows of her European tour and would be given “as long as it takes” to sort herself out. Her record company said last night “We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer. Our prayers go out to Amy’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.”