Amy Winehouse was found dead today in her North London home, aged only 27.
Police are treating her death as a suspected OD but it is officially 'unexplained' as of yet. Predictable? Definitely. This doesn't make it any less tragic. Her name will be reluctantly added to the list of lyrical legends who prematurely passed away at this exact age: Kurt Cobian, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison to name but a few. The idols of the live-fast-die-young trend who's life in the fast lane unfortunately caught up with them all too soon. Another unprecedented addition to the notorious 'Club 27'.
Fears were confirmed at that infamous stage performance in Belgrade, last month that her drug demons were haunting her power to stay off the hard stuff. Having watched the youtube videos of said gig, I am amazed she was even allowed on stage in such a state, barely intelligible, mumbling the same lyrics that had won her countless of globally recognized awards. Three days after her co-performance with god-daughter Dionne Bromfield, Amy was to be found comatosed beyond revival efforts of the paramedics. This was the star's last appearance. Shocked but not suprised was the reaction that echoed around her Camden home as mourners gathered outside.
A messy life, marred with drugs and alcohol, alongside an equally messed up partner - Blake, Amy was never far from the front pages of the tabloids, for all the wrong reasons. We've all done bad things, scrutinised to such an unimagineable extent that Amy's life was, is the distinct difference. A devestating shame that her wild-child ways unashamedly stole the limelight from her life as a talented musician.
My twitter feed has been inundated since the news broke this afternoon and only rightly. One of my favourites read: "It's a sign of just how influential a person is when their death sparks every tweet on your Twitter timeline for an hour". I hope that the country stands unanimous in their condolences with the family and that her bad habits are overshadowed by her musical legacy.
A devestating end to a short-lived life, hearts out to her family and friends.
Vino in tribute of wino.