Sunday, July 24, 2011

MUSIC NEWS: R.I.P Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

Amy Jade Winehouse (Sept 14, 1983) only managed to release two proper albums in her lifetime, causing a minor sensation with "Frank" in 2003 before taking the world by storm with "Back to Black," which spawned the British singer's Grammy-winning U.S. breakthrough, "Rehab."

"Back to Black" was released in the United States in March 2007 and went on to win five Grammy awards, including song and record of the year for "Rehab."

But however slim her catalog may be, those albums showed the makings of a major artist, one whose legacy goes well beyond the hit most pundits reached for as the news that Winehouse had been found dead in her London home, at 27, made its way around the world Saturday, July 23.

"Everyone who was involved with Amy is shocked and devastated. Our thoughts are with her family and friends," said Chris Goodman, a spokesman for her publicity representatives. He said her family will issue a statement when they are ready. 

The British singer's record label, Universal, confirmed her death. 

"We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer," the statement read. "Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends and fans at this difficult time."

Her father, Mitch Winehouse, himself a musician, had just flown to New York to perform two shows at the Blue Note jazz club, but learned the news upon arrival and immediately flew back to the U.K.

Amy & Father

Police confirmed that a 27-year-old female was pronounced dead at the home in Camden Square northern London; the cause of death was not immediately known. London Ambulance Services said Winehouse had died before the two ambulance crews it sent arrived at the scene. later reported that there may have been some signs of life when the crew arrived, but that Winehouse died before she could be taken to the hospital.

An Amy Winehouse fan puts a note outside Winehouse's home in London. It reads in part: "Dearest Amy. I'm glad u made it home."

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday, reports.

Photographs show that her body was taken out of the home under a red blanket.
The body of Amy Winehouse is carried into a private ambulance from her house in north London on July 23. The singer, just 27, was found dead in her home there.

"I didn't go out looking to be famous," Winehouse told the Associated Press when "Back to Black" was released. "I'm just a musician."

Amy & Blake

Amy & her mother Janis.



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