Amy Winehouse found dead, aged 27

Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, has been found dead at her north London home.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained.

London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died.

The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her recent musical career. She pulled out of a comeback tour last month.

Last month, the north Londoner pulled out of the European tour after she was jeered at the first gig in Serbia for appearing too drunk to perform.

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  • that’s different from other forms of art. You don’t find nearly as many poets, sculptors or dancers being so self-destructive.
    Many artists do various drugs and writers are notoriously partial to booze. I suspect it’s often part of the same anti-establishment outlook that made them artists in the first place.
    Musicians, however, seem unusually likely to end up like this.

    Retiring Mainframe maven, active curmudgeon, poet, writer.

  • Amy Winehouse died with no illegal drugs in her system, report finds

    WaPo Celebritology, By Jen Chaney, August 23

    Amy Winehouse had no illegal drugs in her body when she died last month.

    The results of toxicology tests show that late singer, who was found dead in her Camden home on July 23, had no illegal drugs in her system, but that alcohol was present. The results did not determine a cause of death and it’s unclear whether the alcohol played a role in her passing, the Associated Press reports.

    Winehouse, who died at the age of 27, very publicly struggled with drugs and alcohol, leading some to conclude that her death was the likely result of an overdose. These findings suggest that was not the case, though it’s unclear whether her addictions caused health problems that led to her demise.

    An inquest into the cause of Winehouse’s death is scheduled to resume in October.

    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • USA Today, By Maria Puente, September 10

    Trying to detox from alcohol, Amy Winehouse may have overdosed on a powerful anti-anxiety drug and suffered a seizure, says her father, Mitch Winehouse, adding fresh detail to the picture of the tragic end of a talented, short life.

    Speaking in his first interview since the British neo-soul singer was found dead in her bed in London on July 23, Mitch Winehouse told CNN newsman-turned-talk-show host Anderson Cooper that traces of the prescription drug Librium, which also is used to treat withdrawal symptoms during detox from alcoholism, were found in his daughter’s body.

    “Everything Amy did, she did to excess,” Winehouse said during the taping of Cooper’s new show, Anderson, debuting Monday. “She drank to excess and did detox to excess.”

    He said shortly before her death she had seizures brought on by alcohol withdrawal but had been improving. “The periods of abstinence were becoming longer, and the periods of drinking were becoming shorter,” he said, dabbing tears during video clips of his daughter, the Associated Press reported.

    One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.

  • bbc

    Amy Winehouse’s death was the result of the singer drinking too much alcohol, a coroner has said.

    A verdict of misadventure was recorded into the 27-year-old’s death after an inquest heard she was more than five times the drink-drive limit.

    Winehouse was found dead at her home in Camden, north London, on 23 July.

    St Pancras coroner Suzanne Greenway said the “unintended consequence” of Winehouse drinking so much alcohol was her “sudden and unexpected death”.

    Three empty vodka bottles, two large and one small, were found at her flat, St Pancras Coroners Court heard.

    ‘No pulse found’
    The inquest heard the singer, who won five Grammy awards in 2008, had 416mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The legal drink-drive limit is 80mg.

    The pathologist who conducted her post-mortem examination said 350mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood was considered a fatal level.

    The examination found Winehouse’s vital organs had been in good health but she had huge amounts of alcohol in her system which could have stopped her breathing and sent her into a coma.

    Toxicology tests showed there were no illegal substances in her system when she died.


  • Instead, composers, if they sing their own works, and interpretative musical artists represent themselves in a public forum for which, if they are talented and attain popular recognition, they may be very richly rewarded. They are therefore easy targets for exploitation by the usual gang of managers, con-men gangsters, grifters and greedy no-goodniks of every stripe. Anyone who has ever had a flirtation with fame/celebrity is well aware of how one’s “friends” increase incrementally at the first sign of commercial success. Sadly, the exquisitely beautiful voice of Amy Winehouse was silenced, at least in part, because of her advanced chronic celebrity-ism.

    Poets, sculptors and dancers rarely find themselves independently in the public eye like that and certainly are not usually the recipients of the degree of financial success that attracts such wanton greed.

    Mind you, writers sometimes drink themselves to death or suicidally wander off into bodies of water etc. but such desperate acts don’t make the front pages anyway. Writer’s suicide rate probably approximates that of plumbers and generally attracts about the same degree of public attention.

  • but also the blood-and-guts emotions musicians are required to put on display during their performances. Their connection with the audience is immediate and intense which is not the experience of poets and sculptors etc,.

    Sexual inequality is “The Mother of all Inequalities”.
    Liberate female sexuality and you will eliminate racism, homophobia, financial greed, and violence.

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