Amy Jade Winehouse, a British singer-songwriter known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz, died on July 23, 2011 in her Camden, London home. She was found dead in her room and The reports were confirmed in a written statement issued by her record company, Vivendi Universal.
Amazingly, or maybe not so amazingly, Winehouse joins an unfortunate “club” of famous musicians who died at age 27 (1983-2011), including Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.
Winehouse’s death is as yet unexplained but she had struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. Last month, the audience booed her in Serbia after she was too drunk to continue her concert. Within a matter of a few months, her drug addled tabloid lifestyle would take center stage. Her fans watched as she was arrested for assault, warned and featured doing drugs in a home video.
"Drugs took her gift, her soul, her light, long before they took her life. RIP Amy," singer Josh Groban tweeted. While close friend Kelly Osbourne grieved, "i cant even breath right my now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!"
A host of rest in peace tweets streamed in from musicians including Diddy, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Nas, Natasha Bedingfield, Nicki Minaj, Big Boi, Diplo and Selena Gomez. But celebs were also quick to tweet their frustration that the singer ultimately succumbed to the same demons that so many young performers in the #27club
It was reported that in June. Winehouse underwent a brief stint in rehab to prepare her for an upcoming music tour in London and Belgrade but she could not really overcome what was actually and unmistakably written on her fate.