Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse Has Died


Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London, it has been reported. She was 27. The Back To Black singer was found at the property in by emergency services at 3:54pm this afternoon, according to sources, and her death is being treated as 'unexplained' by police.

My favorite Amy Winehouse song. This is tragic. She had so much wasted talent. RIP Amy.

84 comments:

bflogurl said...

Very sad, but obviously not unexpected. May she find peace in the next world that she could not find here.

shiny_special_one said...

This one hurts. But I'm almost relieved for her. I hope she is at peace now.

JasonBlueEyes said...

I was shocked for a few minutes, but it's not all that surprising. My favorite Amy song was "You know I'm no good." but she WAS good. Very good. And she could have been good for many years to come.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll7UFxqI2pM

Rickatoo said...

tmz reports no foul play is suspected

Kamikaze Butterfly said...

my fav was Love is a Losing Game. its haunted me for years. so sad.

SusanB said...

I'm so sorry but I wasn't surprised. My fav was Back to Black - I still hum it sometimes.

Fabulous! said...

my favorite is back to black as well. currently going through a break up right now and it's been therapeutic for me. all of her music has actually.

no it's not surprising (tho she looked so much better just last week), but my heart still breaks for her. such a rough existence these last few years. i agree, there's a lil relief on my end for her too. rip amy. i wish things had been much different for you.

Boriqua said...

Not surprising but not any less devastating for it. Hopefully she will now find the peace that seemingly eluded her in life.

Ms Cool said...

As everyone has said - not unexpected but I feel pretty dang sad about it.

Jessi said...

So heartbreaking. Hope she has found peace. Amazing talent gone too too soon.

Basil said...

I don't know what she was like before Back to Black, but her whole career after Rehab became a hit was based on her being a drunken drug addict. It wouldn't surprise me if her "people and parents" (Yes I said parents) wanted to keep her "medicated" to sustain that image, and then they could sell their stories to the press for cash. And I am looking directly at you Amy's dad whatever his name is.

Karmen said...

I commented on Facebook before I went to the site. Great minds think alike.

RIP Amy

Dead Angel said...

I'm glad you put the top picture up there, Amy adored her father I often wondered had he used that love to get her into treatment long term that this day might be avoided. How sad with all that talent and so many people hoping she's straighten out she ended up dying all alone, completely worn out at 27.

Sleep well, you really were talented and deserved so much more.

azlee said...

sad, I wish there was a way to protect the talented from themselves. Some can't handle the fame and the money. I imagine there are many stories of what lead her down the path, but right now she cut her life short. Although I don't know if it was a drug over dose, or just what all of it did to her as she did it.

ashame.

Diane said...

We knew this would happen ... has been talked about for over a year. Who's next?

Julie said...

azlee, i kind of think that torment and talent go together. as i see what you're saying, i somewhat believe that some of the beauty of the talented is their dissidence.

Felly said...

Stupid Lindsey Lohan.

canadachick said...

too soon, but when one dives into addiction as she did with Blaaaaaaaakkeee sadly it was only a matter of time.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Let her inspire us all to be better. RIP

Liz said...

Sad but like the others have commented, hardly unexpected. Poor tortured soul.

JoElla said...

This does make me sad. I was rooting for her and wished she could have overcame her demons.

Maybe her body just finally wore out?

Atlchica said...

And a new celebrity death trifecta begins. I'm taking odds on Lindsay Lohan being the next one.

Sonny Amou said...

Really sad. Not much else to say.

selenakyle said...

I recall something about Amy having pre-emphysema, so it's possible her lungs couldn't handle much more crack smokin', if she was still using. This sucks balls.

A waste case like LiLo = not so much talent. Amy was different. I mean, she had a guitar and was writing music and songs by like age 13. That was REAL talent.

This is fucked up.

lollydarling said...

Poor old LiLo has been garlanded with praise for her talent by some of the best actors and directors working today. It's a very hard horse to ride. I'm sorry for them both.

FS said...

Maybe I am in the minority, but this does surprise me. The photo posted on this site last week or so gave me hope that maybe, just maybe, she was on the way to conquering her demons and getting well. I would not be surprised if she, like Karen Carpenter, had done so much damage in the past that she just couldn't recover. So very tragic, such a loss of talent.

msgirl said...

I'm glad Enty posted this. I feel sad for the torment she went thru, and yeah, I was hoping against hope she'd make it. Such a waste - so talented.

shehla said...

She is no longer in pain now. You will be missed Amy Winehouse.

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

Surprised but not shocked, although she did look better in the picture from last week than she had in a long time. Perhaps an OD, or perhaps her body just gave out, and I really do wonder if she might still be here if it hadn't been for that putz of an ex-husband. (Carving your SO's name into your body w/a piece of broken glass while doing an interview w/Rolling Stone isn't exactly a sign of a healthy relationship...) RIP Amy, and hope you find the peace you didn't find here.

white lorelei said...

This generation's Janis Joplin.

I always tend to want to blame "friends" who didn't have the cojones to step up to the plate, but it does appear that many many people tried to help her.

It's always so sad to see this happen. To WATCH it happen, actually - in this age of on-demand media, we could all see the writing on the wall.

0 said...

I feel truly gutted, shocked but at the same time not surprised as crass as that may sound. I knew about her drug problems (who didn't?) but never honestly expected her to die so soon.
I've got all her albums and listen to them constantly, and had the pleasure of seeing her perform live twice. Such a shame, what a wasted talent... may she be at peace now.

penelope said...

Very sad. Thanks for posting this today, Enty. After I heard, I felt I needed a safe place to check in and listen to what others had to say. She was so talented. RIP. :o(

jen said...

Devastating. I know it's not supposed to be a surprise, but...goddamn it, I just wish she could have realized her worth. I hope you've now achieved peace, Amy.

The Throwback said...

She was looking better recently but it seems like her body just couldn't take it anymore. In terms of the surprise factor, there's hundreds of public figures - musicians, actors, etc. - who have battled similar demons and drug issues. For whatever reason, some people are able to conquer them and others are not able to. Sad but true.

thisoldbroad said...

Shiny_special_one nailed it. I love her music & have always been cheering for her recovery. What a loss.

Robert said...

Like others have said, we've seen her up, down and in between, but the last few pictures I saw she looked healthier than she had in a while, then this. Like everyone, I'm really curious as to what actually happened, saddened by the finality of it, and feel like I did when Enty posted on another weekend about Brittany Murphy.

selenakyle said...

And remember both the teeth issues and the facial skin infection? Some of that stuff can poison the body, right? (from the limited amount I have read/heard).

A lady I knew dropped dead of a heart attack fairly young and she was one of those people who would get golfball-sized cheek swelling due to tooth abcesses and would hardly ever go the GD dentist to have it properly looked after...she just couldn't afford it. I always believe the two were related.

Sigh.

We'll find out soon enough what killed Amy since the autopsy is supposedly tomorrow.

Robert said...

@selenakyle: My sister had a friend who ended up having open-heart surgery that resulted from an abscessed tooth. I'd forgotten about that stuff, but you may be on to something.

braverwoman said...

Agree with what everyone else has posted. Felt crummy when I heard this news. I was cheering for Amy too. Just listening to her music with my bf while we were on vacation. She seemed like the walking dead for so many years and then looked better. Favorite songs Back to Black and Valerie. RIP sweet baby.

pomme said...

RIP she was so talented(what a beautiful voice!) and she was the major guess about a celebrity who looked for a religion to help her for stop drugs

MISCH said...

I can't believe how badly I feel, and no it wasn't unexpected but so very sad.
Weird but when they said at 27, I flashed on Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix...
RIP Amy sweet dreams.

Sis said...

RIP Amy

libby said...

This is a big loss. I hope she is finally free of pain. Love you Amy.

Astrid said...

So sad. RIP Amy.
@MISCH Kurt Cobain was 27 as well.

Robert said...

As was Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Kristen Pfaff, Pigpen...a dangerous age.

BigMama said...

RIP just plain sad..

nunaurbiz said...

Sadder for her dad who had a eulogy prepared.

Sadder still for those who lost their lives in Norway to a truly tormented soul.

Life is so precious and so easily lost, so often wasted on those who will never realize that there are no certain do-overs when it comes to death. Tell those you love that you appreciate them before it's too late!

nancer said...

no surprise. just another waste of talent. so stupid, so senseless.
i didn't think she looked good in the recent pictures either. she hasn't looked good in a very long time. she was never clean---she never stayed in treatment long enough, or wanted it badly enough to get that way.
booze, drugs---it's all the same. she was never without one of the two, or both.
very sad.

kerri said...

Now a member of the 27 club. So sad.

s. said...

i remember this bit of news- a woman stopped Amy on the street and said 'we need you, please take care of yourself' or something to that effect.. and Amy assaulted the woman.

oh Amy.. we love you but you did your work to go.

she was no innocent unlike the young kids in Oslo, as mentioned already..

MadLyb said...

Regardless of everything, her death is still a shock. I'm devastated and had to call my sister because I knew she'd understand and wouldn't be an asshole (like most people on the internets). I listened to her music every day. She was an incredible talent. I hope there is peace for her, and for those who loved her.

Coloratura said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... why?

Her death is so tragic that it makes me want to ask horrible questions like 'why her, and not Kim Kardashian... or Paris...?'

I want to know what hurt caused her to self-destruct like this. Surely she was not born this way? Or was she.

Oh, Amy, damn you. I wanted so much more from you. We all did.

At least you are now at peace.

God bless you, child.

lolaluvs2snack said...

It is sad but no surprise. I hope Lindsay is sitting her ass down somewhere taking stock of her life.

I wonder who called the police to discover her? Was she with someone or did her family try to contact her and called the police once she didn't answer?

Vintage Pink said...

Misch, I hear you!!!

I feel so badly, like I have lost a friend. When I was in London I was always on the lookout for her up in Camden or anywhere she might have been.
Now I have no one to look for, or wait for music to come out. So dissapointing and upsetting.

I am just not right with this.

parissucksliterally said...

just like the majority, not surprised, but very sad. I love Amy's music. What a waste of talent.

I hope you are at peace now, Amy.

Barton Fink said...

Oh, I don't think blaming her handlers and family and hangers-on for this is right. An addict will use as long as they can, and her finances were set up so that she could have a handful of cash every day to get high with. She had no actual reason to stop getting high, and addiction is a lifelong progressive terminal illness with no actual cure. (Cessation of substance abuse is the only real treatment.) I'm sad that she's dead, but this is not anyone else's doing. If they had tried to make her stop, they would have failed.

Kaye said...

So sad - did Enty do any blind items about her in the past couple years? I can't recall any but could be wrong.

mazshad said...

RIP,Amy, my heart breaks for you, you had such a wonderful talent. You'll be forever missed.

sonicmonkey1984 said...

Thank you, Barton. Having been touched by addiction, I can confirm that no one can do anything until that addict hits rock bottom and is willing to stop on his/her own. Even then, it's a crapshoot. The drug is usually stronger than the person.

Bitter Pharmacist said...

Her music had so much packed into it, delivered so powerfully by her gritty soulful voice. She was one of those who could, by expressing her pain, touch mine. I'm just sad. Miss her, wish it would have turned out different.

Kim said...

I said this on Enty's FB post on Amy, but I hope she's finally able to be at peace with whatever she was running from or trying to forget. I have seen more than my share of overdoses, intentional and not. No one does what she did because it's a big ole feel good party.

I don't understand the people that say she was a mess of her own making and turning up their noses at her addiction issues. Yes, to some degree this was a choice for her-at the beginning. Addiction is a disease, period. If a smoker gets lung cancer, goes into remission (or "rehab" in this case) and then a little while later the disease returns, we don't tell that person that they brought it on themselves, for pete's sake. Why is it different with drugs or alcohol? All were choices at the beginning, then there was addiction, with all the bells and whistles and self destructive behaviors and physical issues. Public perception and personal morals seem to throw themselves in where they don't belong.

Dead Angel said...

Really good points Kim, a addict has to want to change, suffer constantly probably for the rest of their lives if you will, to stop using. Many die never being able to stop, there are physiological changes in the brain that will always be there and most addicts don't have the strength of will to endure the constant craving - which is why the mortality rate is so very high. You never know when you use the switch of addiction will flip and your life as you knew it ends and addiction takes over.

Blame is so easy, understanding and compassion so very hard for the general public and lucky ones untouched by the disease.

Lelaina Pierce said...

Very sad indeed. RIP, Amy

awesome balla. said...

i was worried that comments most places would be generally negative as in 'stupid addict deserved it,' but i'm pleased to see that while most people feel that it was just a matter of time, they are still mournful of her death. however, i'm displeased by the implied 'it should have been lindsay' comments. no one should die needlessly.

Mango said...

Oh, Amy.

dollface said...

May you find peace Amy. You will be missed

s. said...

i cant see addiction as a disease. i believe that is a soft, forgiving, romantic summation.

the addicts hands are on the needle and holding the cup every time. i do not understand.

i wish i could be forgiving, but i've lost too many, one that i loved even more than i love amy :)

i spend time with his mother now, who also lost a daughter to breast cancer. THAT is a disease.

donna could NOT put down her disease. her brother COULD have put away the pills and alcohol and other drugs. he just would not do it.

Kim said...

It IS a disease. Family members are not to blame for not fixing them. My father was an alcoholic. My mother would take the bottles away. He would just get more, and he would drink away from the house so he didn't have to listen to my mother. She got to the point where she let him drink at home so she could make sure he was safe and not going to get rolled or beat up, or worse. Amy could no sooner put down her disease because it IS a physical affliction than anyone with cancer, or anything else equally as tragic. There is *nothing* soft, forgiving or romantic about it, and people die from it every single day, and you know what..? There are as many withdrawl deaths as there are OD deaths. If it wasn't a physical problem, people wouldn't be dying when they stopped using.

Becki said...

Most people can't stop using because of withdrawal symptoms, it's not as easy as putting the needle, pills etc down. I was hooked on pills, lortab, percocet for 10 years. I was also a functioning addict, meaning no one could tell by looking at me or knew that I had a problem. I tried to stop taking pills a hundred times but when those withdrawal symptoms kick in, you will do anything to make them stop, which usually means taking the pill or drug to make the withdrawal stop. I am lucky, I got on Suboxone and have bern clean a year and a half but that's why I couldn't stop is because of withdraw. I bet it was the same for Amy too.

s. said...

I hear what you say. I am sorry about your fathers trouble. I know about withdrawl. Ive seen it.

I'd like to agree. it would make my own loss much easier. ALWAYS a disease. ..? I don't know.

Kid Sis said...

Don't think that people who die of lung cancer aren't blamed for it...my brother wrote a book about it called MOM'S CANCER. I had many asshats tell me my mom deserved to die because she smoked, even though she'd quit and the doctors said the type of lung cancer she had wasn't caused by smoking.

Re: addiction and true artists dying while the reality poseurs survive like cockroaches...So many of the genius artists I know are addicts in great emotional pain. Unfortunately their ability to tap into their emotions and express them in art also means they feel their emotions more and have a harder time shutting them off and living a "normal" life. It's part of the artist curse that to touch others, many of them live in a world of pain.

I feel really bad for Amy and her family, and am very comforted to have had this forum of compassionate people discussing their reactions and feeling in such a humanist manner. Thank you Enty and CDAN!

Chrissy Buns said...

@Becki...thank you for sharing your story, it is inspiring. god bless you.

Amy, i am terribly sorry for your family, and i am so sad you could not shake the disease. how sad this life can be...

Lafawnduh said...

I feel the only true "innocent" ones are children and animals. The rest addiction/addict "disease" are simply cause and effect. Choices plain and simple. Weakness of character and selfishness are the root in my humble opinion.

I am sad for Amy's passing. It was just a matter of time for her. She lived the life she wanted to on her terms. How awesome is that? For her I think that is the best. She could afford her pleasures.

Me said...

i don't know what can be done about these people who have enough money to support their habit. when you surround yourself w/ only people on your payroll, or people afraid to say/not in a position to say, "she needs to go to rehab", what is left?

look at charlie sheen. i think even his dad has backed off trying to help at this point.

very hard for everyone involved. as a parent it must be horrible. you want to protect your child from the world, and you can't even protect them from themself.

Kathryn said...

She is one of my favorite female artist and the catalog music she made in her short life is fuller and more complete then many artists twice her age. I have watched people survive and overcome their drug and alcohol addictions, and go on to live full and beautiful lives. I have also watched close friends and family OD or commit suicide, all due to addiction. I can't say what gives someone the desire to fight and what makes someone give up. I have seen strong people die and people with week character recover......it is a mystery.

On Amy, she was judged in this life and should not be judged by us in the next......exhale and let her go.......

__-__=__ said...

She only needed that one person to genuinely love her and care for her. Instead, she found Blake and never recovered. RIP Amy.

Sherry said...

Interestingly I heard a wonderful singer on the way into work today. It turned out it was Mitch Winehouse. Yeah, apparently talent runs in the family. He was on his way to NYC for 2 nights of shows at The Blue Note and sadly had to turn right around and go back to England. I know her family is beside themselves over this tragic turn of events. May she rest in peace.

Lizzie said...

This has made me so sad, she had so much talent, and yet she always seemed so lost...I loved her so much....just so sad!

Becki said...

Thank you Chrissy Buns!! God Bless you too.

Voice O' Reason said...

Very sad to hear that she joined the "27 club". At least she won't feel those cravings any more and can finally be at peace. She was so talented...I wish she had been able to save herself. My heart goes out to her family.

Lelaina Pierce said...

@awesome balla. - Totally agree w/ your last comment. I cringed reading that it should have been her, Paris, or Kim.

elspeth said...

I hope Amy is at peace.

As several of you posted, I also came here because it's a "safe" place; posters here really have knowledge and compassion.

For those here who don't "get" the way[s] addiction can cripple and kill people who are too weak, selfish or indulgent, maybe it's true that you have to walk in someone else's shoes.

What if your mother and pediatrician put you on Valium when you were seven years old because you were too nervous? Then sleeping pills were prescribed in addition to Valium when you were twelve because the Valium no longer worked so well.

Maybe I have too many pain receptors. Whatever, I dropped the pills at 17 and chose to medicate myself with alcohol. However you look at it, I became an addict at seven. My fault for taking the pills that made me feel better?

By the grace of [whatever], I've now lived half of my life without using any substances. But it's not just a daily battle; it's non-stop. I've been very fortunate -- So far.

I know the feelings of anger and frustration with addicts. My family, not surprisingly, is peppered with them. I know I'm going to be mad at people in my life who are basically killing themselves. But I try to refrain from judgment, and i always try to remember that I didn't cause their addiction, I can't control it, and I can't cure it. I don't know what their demons are causing them to feel.

Peace to you all.

Barton Fink said...

Well, I am often surprised to discover that people on discussion boards get caught up in discussing personality theory and chemical dependency hypotheses. It is fairly well established in the psychological literature that some people have an "addictive personality" and will use mind-altering substances to compensate for an internal emotional or mental deficit.

If someone with this innate propensity picks up drugs (including alcohol), esp. after a major stressor (divorce, loss of job, death of loved one, etc.), their emotional equilibrium will require that drug for functioning. The amphetamine class is particularly liable to produce dependency. Kids on Adderall, for instance, become dependent on the drug for emotional stability. Street amphetamines have the same power over users. MDMA has a similarly overwhelming effect on regular users -- it rewires the brain and, in a word, makes people very stupid and prone to do stupid things.

I understand that some people can use drugs gracefully -- spend an entire weekend smoking crack and shooting up ketamine and taking dozens of tablets of MDMA and Xanax while drinking and smoking pot, with no problem. Many others cannot do it so gracefully. Do you think the streets would be filled with homeless addicts if they could have just consciously chosen to scale back their usage before losing their homes or jobs? The "intentionalist" hypothesis makes too strong a claim for people's ability to control their emotions and their moods by will. It ain't so.

I don't think that people are wrong to "hate on" drug addicts if they want to hate. Hate on! But the science is fairly clear here: the aetiology of chemical dependency is predictable, reproducible, and the evidence indicates that substance-related mental health disorders follow a disease pattern.

s. said...

it's possible to explore the responsibility to life of addicts and also their family and friends. there is not only one answer.

my best friend was more than my brother. I watched his substance abuse gradually take over his life. from 12 years old on. he survived 24 years. some years he was out of control. like Amy. other times, I know he could have cleaned up. survival was within reach.

- it wasn't only to hide from the pain of life that russel brand mentioned in his letter for Amy.

sometimes it was malice and indifference. I don't think the addict is always an innocent victim. I don't know- I don't think I have the answer