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Tuesday, 23 August, 2011, 3:17 ( 1:17 GMT )
Singer Amy Winehouse Found Dead Aged 27
24/07/2011 13:17:00
Singer Amy Winehouse died Saturday aged 27 from a suspected drug overdose

Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27.

Winehouse shot to fame in 2006 with the album "Back to Black," whose blend of jazz, soul, rock and classic pop was a global hit. It won five Grammys and made Winehouse - with her black beehive hairdo and old-fashioned sailor tattoos - one of music's most recognisable stars.

But her personal life, with its drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and destructive relationships, soon took over the singer's career.

The singer was found at the property by emergency services at 3.54pm, and it's believed her death was due to a suspected drug overdose. Winehouse was apparently 'beyond help' when paramedics arrived..

A statement from Winehouse's U.S. record label read: '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.

Sources have also claimed Winehouse's death was due to a drug overdose.

Police confirmed that the 27-year-old singer was pronounced dead at her home in Camden Square northern London; the cause of death was not immediately known, the police said. London Ambulance Services said Winehouse had died before the two ambulance crews it sent arrived at the scene.

'Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.’

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said in a press conference late evening that no cause of death had at the time been confirmed.

He said: 'I am aware of reports of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to re-emphasize that no post-mortem has yet taken place and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death.

'The death of any person is a sad time of friends and family especially for someone known nationally and internationally like Amy Winehouse. My sympathy extends not only to her family but also to her millions of fans across the world.'

Singer and actress Kelly Osbourne, who helped Winehouse check into a drug addiction treatment facility in 2008, was one of many who grieved for the singer on Twitter.

A spokesman for the late singer said: 'Everyone involved with Amy is shocked and devastated.

'Our thoughts are with her family and friends. The family will issue a statement when ready.'

The singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, had arrived in New York this weekend to prepare for his U.S. performing debut Monday night at the Blue Note jazz club, but upon receiving news of his daughter's death was heading back home to London to be with his family.

Winehouse had been working on her long-awaited new album, the follow-up to her 2006 breakthrough multi-million selling Back To Black, for the past three years.

The singer was born Amy Jade Winehouse on 14th September 1983 in Southgate, London.

Winehouse has had a troubled life which has included various stints in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.

The singer is thought to have been to rehab four times.
 
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