Popular British soul singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her Camden Town apartment this afternoon. The 27-year-old’s life has been blighted by alcohol and drug abuse but as yet no official cause of death has been given.
As famous for her songs as her shenanigans, Winehouse often courted controversy in her not-so-private private life and was the paparazzi dream thanks to her drunken and bawdy behaviour which often saw her falling about in her home town or on the end of a physical altercation with ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil whom she divorced in 2009.
The Metropolitan Police comfirmed that it was Amy’s body found after receiving a call at 4:05pm utc for help regarding a woman in Camden. Paramedics arrived too late to revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have called her death ‘unexplained’ but not suspicious and speculation in other media groups is that she ingested a lethal dose of drugs and alcohol.
Alarm bells about her well being sounded last month after she stumbled onto the stage at a Serbian performance where she sang the wrong words and upset fans by repeatedly mistaking Belgrade for Athens.
She subsequently withdrew from the rest of the tour citing health issues as the main reason but was since spotted in Camden after that in varying degrees of intoxication.
A statement on her website read, “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances. Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.”
Friends have been worried about her drinking since she finished treatment in May, with one saying, “She is rattling about at home in north London drinking herself into oblivion. Three times this week she has been so drunk she passed out.”
No doubt she will enter the eternal hall of fame and a talented yet tragically wasted life will be remembered alongside such legendary names as Billie Holiday, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janice Joplin.
Other stars who dies too young include River Phoenix, Ryan Dunn, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy and Andy Irons.
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