Amy Winehouse Dies at 27
Singing star Amy Winehouse died, aged just 27,
of a suspected overdose yesterday.
Tragically, a prediction by Amy’s father, Mitch, that she would die if
she didn’t get help and rehabilitation, has turned out to be true. The troubled
star, who has had a long and well-publicised battle with addiction was
pronounced dead by police after they were called to her London home.
At her last public appearance, on
Wednesday (20 July) at the iTunes
Festival, when she joined her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield on stage (but didn’t
sing) Winehouse looked ‘wobbly’ and stumbled around, according to onlookers. That appearance followed a disastrous
performance in Serbia last month, when she was booed off stage. That led to the
cancellation of Amy’s European tour and saw her checking in to The Priory
clinic for another bout of rehab. Yesterday morning, before the star’s death, a
message appeared on the official Amy Winehouse website, stating that she was
withdrawing from all performances until further notice.
Sources close to the singer say that she
was inconsolable after being dumped by Reg Traviss, her film director boyfriend,
which happened just before she checked in to the clinic. Friends say that he
had desperately wanted to help Amy turn her life around but ended the
relationship after he realised that the singer’s demons were stronger than he
was. One of Amy’s neighbours reported seeing a grieving Traviss outside the
singer’s house last night.
Amy’s mother Janis told the Daily Mail that
she believed her daughter’s death would be “only a matter of time” after they
had met for lunch on Friday (22 July). “She seemed out of it. But her passing
so suddenly still hasn’t hit me,” she said. Instead, she added, she would take
comfort from Amy’s last words to her as they parted: “I love you, Mum”. “They
are the words I will always treasure and always remember Amy by,” said Janis.
Amy follows a line of other stars who have
died at the same age; Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain –
all, like Amy, as a result of drug abuse. The singer’s death reverberated
around the world within minutes: according to Twitter’s ‘trending’ analysis, almost
10 per cent of all tweets (that’s some 20 million) worldwide mentioned the
singer’s death shortly after it was confirmed.
Amy had finished recording her third studio album earlier
this summer but her record company, Island, delayed its release. In a statement,
Amy’s US label said, “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.”
See our pictures following Amy's raise and fall through stardom, the men she shared her life with, the friends who influenced her and the parents who now outlive her.