Amy Winehouse has died at the age of 27

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My goodness. Sad news. Amy Winehouse has died at the age of 27. Her body was found by the Metropolitan Police in her London apartment today. Amy had well documented problems with drugs and alcohol (mostly alcohol), and had recently been in and out of rehab a few times just this year. She also started, but then abruptly ended a tour.

Amy Winehouse has died.

The troubled singer, whose unique and soulful voice made her a Grammy winner, was found dead at her London apartment on Saturday, according to various reports. She was 27.

“We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer,” a statement from her U.S. record label reads. “Our prayers go out to Amy’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.”

London’s Metropolitan Police released also a statement about finding a body but didn’t identify the singer: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased,” the statement reads, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail. “On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.”

The singer, who was to some as well known for her struggles with addiction as her music, was in rehab as recently as May and canceled a planned summer tour of Europe in June, following a disastrous appearance in Belgrade, Serbia.

But Winehouse’s musical accomplishments were many, including nearly sweeping the Grammy Awards in 2008 with her album Back to Black, which scored five trophies including record of the year, song of the year and best new artist. Unable to attend the Grammys due to legal troubles, Winehouse performed via satellite from London during the ceremony.

The singer had a tumultuous relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she married in 2007. But the on-again, off-again couple were officially divorced in 2009.

[From People Magazine]

It’s interesting that there’s a reference to Blake, when it’s Amy’s latest and last on-again/off-again lover Reg Traviss who seems to be involved somewhat in this drama now. There are photos of him outside of Amy’s apartment today, and I wonder if Reg wasn’t the one to find Amy’s body.

I know that this news isn’t really unexpected given Amy’s years of substance abuse, but I’m still very saddened by it. Amy was once one of the brightest talents in British music, and I loved her debut album so much. It was always my hope that she would pull herself together and make music her top priority. So, so sad. I hope her heaven has lots of dirty ballerina slippers.

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  1. thinkaboutit says:

    Rest in peace, Amy.

  2. Catty Mommy says:

    And yet Lindsay Lohan still walks among the living, talentless and entitled.

  3. GradStudentEatingHotPockets says:

    So incredibly sad…but it wasn’t unexpected considering her past history and everything that has happened this year. She will be missed!

  4. Az says:

    This is so sad. Such a waste of talent. I do hope she has found a measure of the peace she could never find when she was alive.

  5. Blue says:

    Even though it was kind of expected it’s still so sad. I too really thought she was gonna snap out of it and get herself together. :( such wasted talent.

  6. april says:

    very sad. and she was so young. I wonder what the exact reason was. Although we all knew that she had problems, I was still shocked to see that headline on my homepage.

  7. Original Bee says:

    Oh no. This is so sad. Amy was an incredibly talented artist. It’s heartbreaking that she couldn’t turn her life around. It’s amazing how many talented musicians (Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, etc.) died at 27. Hopefully Amy will find the peace in death she never did in life.

  8. Girafe99 says:

    I have to admit when someone famous dies whilst I feel a sense of sympathy for their family and friends, it is a detached feeling, but I feel extraordinarily sad about Amy Winehouse’s death, we are of similar age, so that might be a reason but also she was so great as a musician and I had always hoped she would get past her troubles. God Bless

  9. skilo says:

    It’s really sad to hear that Amy has died. I hope her soul finds peace now. It breaks my heart to think that she died alone. But that’s what it seems may have happened. When Cheyenne was still with me she loved to belt out Rehab along with Amy in the car. It will never be the same hearing it now.

  10. margaritachum says:

    that was my thought too, kaiser about her heaven.
    it wasn’t a big surprise but it’s a big loss and i’m very sad. she was an amazing singer. i will miss her and i was hoping to see her on tour soon.
    rest in peace amy.

  11. kira says:

    I was hoping that she would beat it and release another album. So sad it didn’t happen. Too bad she had to join the dead at 27 club. RIP Amy. You’ll be missed. :-(

  12. stephspoons says:

    Anyone else creeped out by the fact that she has just joined the 27 Club?

  13. OriginalGracie says:

    So so so so very sad. She follows in the footsteps of other very talented and instinctively gifted people who cannot get their personal demons sorted out.

    I watched her life spin out of control and wondered like everyone else when she would finally straighten it all out and give up the booze and the drugs and start to live like a woman who wanted to make music and go forward with her life.

    It’s horribly sad. I actually gasped when I saw the news headline.

    I am stunned. Rest in peace, Amy.

  14. hairball says:

    I was shocked to see the headline too.

    Even though you know it might be coming, it’s just incredibly sad. They showed pics of her walking around London. It struck me how her short time on earth is done she’s just a ghost of a memory who once lived in London. Sad.

  15. nag says:

    If you take away the fact she was known for voice, she was a person who took a path of drugs and alcohol and this is the end result.

  16. Callumna says:

    I hate drugs and alcohol, and the bottom feeders who only want to pay attention to young Hollywood and young celebs when they’re out of control so that more and more kids think this is how to be an “artist.” It’s a lie that blues, rock and rap have been peddling with too many corporations benefiting from making it all into a public spectacle.

    What a sad waste. Rest in peace, Amy, the bottom feeders and drugs and booze stole too much life and talent once again.

  17. Rosanna says:

    I’m sure her eating disorder must have contributed. RIP Amy

  18. Dawn says:

    Such sad news. Peaceful passing Amy.

  19. mln76 says:

    So sad and such a waste of a beautiful voice-minor correction Back to Back was her second album.

  20. OriginalGracie says:

    Oh wow, never even thought about the 27 club! It’s almost spooky.

  21. cheetah says:

    got a call that, AMY died it broke my heart !was hopin she would bring me something for my resent break up ,playing her songs all day today ! I will miss her greatly !

  22. Ally says:

    A tragic waste of a great talent. Very sad for her and her family.

  23. Ell says:

    Amy joined her 15 year old goddaughter Dionne Bromfield on Wednesday – only 3 days ago.

    Hope it’s okay to post the link -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qQAnNARrWs

  24. Wif says:

    I don’t know much about her, but I’ve enjoyed her songs. Does anyone know if she wrote her own music as well as being a singer?

    RIP, Amy.

  25. melangie says:

    So talented. Hoped she’d get it together for her new album, sad, sad, sad.

    love the photo’s Kaiser. glad you took the high road & showed Amy looking well. You know we’ll be bombarded with photos of her high & sloppy,

  26. cookb says:

    So extremely sad – she never knew how much she was loved

  27. OriginalGracie says:

    And of course on the day Amy Winehouse dies, I see this headline scoop from Radar: “Lindsay Lohan Parties At Beach After Court Warning.”

    On this day of all days, I find that incredibly disgusting. I imagine someone telling Linds the news and her saying, “Oh really? Amy who? Give me another shot and let me do a line off your boobs.”

  28. Cheyenne says:

    I can only think this poor woman had an unconscious death wish.

    What a sad, futile waste of a great talent.

  29. Jen says:

    And yet Courtney Love is still wreaking havoc..makes no sense to me.

  30. neema says:

    Not surprised at all.

    I don’t know how many people actually thought she wasn’t destined for this fate.

    It seems pretty clear to me.

  31. Mr. Greek says:

    A very talented young woman who was also an extremely lost and troubled soul. Rest in peace, Amy. I hope your soul found over there the peace, serenity, and positive sense of self worth that you couldn’t find while on your short journey here. My condolences to her parents.

    And, if I may, condolences to the families of the many victims, many of them teens, in the Norway horror…may these victims also rest in peace.

  32. *bRaZiLiAn* says:

    Not surprised at all.
    LINDSAY LOHAN WATCH OUT DEAD IS A KNOCK AWAY

  33. Tiffany says:

    don’t know what is sadder, her death or her jagoff parents who see dollar signs with her estate. They were the biggest sycophants and opportunists of alland all it cost them was a child. Get ready for the Mitch Winehouse exclusives in 3 2 1….

  34. Mae says:

    She did write her own lyrics, yes. So saddened by this. Like everyone else, I thought she’d get through it. Found out we share the same bday, too (Although she’s 5 years older) I really hope she’s found peace.

  35. Miss Diagnosed says:

    While I’m not shocked by this, I’m devastated by her passing. She was a truly talented soul who unfortunately did not have the personality to handle the spotlight. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

    I hope that she has finally found the peace that she was unable to achieve on Earth. RIP Amy

    @Madisyn- I got your message. Thank you.

  36. Dani says:

    What an incredible talent she was. Sadly also such a troubled and tormented soul with her addiction issues. Condolences to her family and all who loved her.

  37. skuddles says:

    Wow, didn’t expect to see that headline but I guess it’s not a big surprise either. So very sad that she was never able to pull it together. RIP Amy. And Stephspoons, totally noticed the 27 thing right away – how strange and ironic.

  38. Aqua says:

    I hope what I’m reading about the media reporting about Amy’s death before her dad found out isn’t true.If it is, that’s a horrible way to find out.
    Again my condolences to friends and family.

  39. Gossip Owl says:

    I am beyond saddened by this. She and I are the same age and we went through the exact same things. I used to have major problems with substance abuse. I’ve been clean and sober for about 6 years now. I think it’s unfair that I was given the strength to overcome my problems and Amy was not given the same strength.
    Amy was talented and she was unique. She was rough around the edges but I believe deep down she was a good person who loved to make music but the pitfalls of life got in the way. I hope she rests in peace and gets to sing alongside Billie Holiday and the other jazz and R&B greats.

    RIP Amy. You were loved.

  40. DethHammer says:

    Wow I’m still shocked. I’m sad that she has joined the “27 Club” a group of music artists who all died at the age of 27; the most well known are Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (founding member and keyboardist of the Grateful Dead) and Kurt Cobain. Even though she had a well known drug problem, it makes you wonder.

    RIP, Amy. May your spirit find peace and happiness now.

  41. Andie B says:

    Not unexpected, but still a tragedy. The end of a talented young woman and a troubled soul. RIP Amy.

  42. Enn says:

    Rest in peace, Amy. You never were able to find it here.

    She looks so YOUNG in that last pic.

  43. Amanda G says:

    Certainly no surprise, but still very sad. I hope she’s at peace.

  44. Maritza says:

    This should serve as a lesson to all those out there doing drugs.

  45. filthycute says:

    I guess my generation just got its musical martyr a la Jim Morrison.

  46. Cheyenne says:

    @Gossip Owl: Amy Winehouse had one enormous disadvantage over you: enablers who helped her make excuses for her addiction and thought she could do no wrong. Maybe a good dose of tough love might have saved her. Maybe.

  47. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    Someone over at Jezebel said Mitch Winehouse was on a flight to NYC (unaware of the death of his daughter) when the news was released. As much as I think he enabled Amy, I hope he didn’t find out from a stranger or tv newsflash when he landed. RIP Amy

  48. brin says:

    Yep, I thought of the 27 club as well. At least Amy will be in good company.
    RIP, Amy.

  49. dr.bombay says:

    @catty mommy-you said it.

  50. Aqua says:

    @ Gossip Owl Congrats on being clean and sober.I hope hope don’t feel any guilt over having the ability and strength to overcome your addictions.Maybe the difference between you and Amy is that you recognized when you hit rock bottom and were ready to make the change, whereas Amy may not have have felt she was there yet.

    I’m sure you are a great person now and are living a much more fulfilling life than you had before and are taking none of it for granted.Peace be with you always.

  51. Tara says:

    Incredibly sad. Rest in peace, Amy. I am beyond sad right now.

  52. Tara says:

    @Neema: oh shut up already.

  53. Cherry Rose says:

    This is quite sad. But honestly, it was not unexpected.

    I think because Amy did a wide variety of drugs, coupled along with boozing, her body just finally shut down. There’s only so much the body can take.

    I was always hoping she’d get her act together and put out another album, as she was very talented.

    @Tiffany – I don’t think her parents were enablers or sycophants. I remember several different stories at different dates of them trying to help Amy get away from drugs. However, Amy was a grown woman and an addict. As much as you try to help, the decision to get sober must be made by the addict.

  54. Anne de Vries says:

    Not unexpected, but very sad. I hope she’s found the peace she was self-medicating so heavily for.

  55. Isabel says:

    So sad, such a waste, and so very expected.

  56. Uzi says:

    I am beyond saddened by this. She and I are the same age and we went through the exact same things. I used to have major problems with substance abuse. I’ve been clean and sober for about 6 years now. I think it’s unfair that I was given the strength to overcome my problems and Amy was not given the same strength.
    Amy was talented and she was unique. She was rough around the edges but I believe deep down she was a good person who loved to make music but the pitfalls of life got in the way. I hope she rests in peace and gets to sing alongside Billie Holiday and the other jazz and R&B greats.

    RIP Amy. You were loved.

    @Gossip Owl…I’ve reposted your comments because they brought tears to my eyes. Beautifully stated. God bless you and your sobriety.

    And in response to another poster… Amy was also a gifted songwriter. For those of you who may only be familiar with “Back In Black” and “Rehab,” please check out her first CD, “Frank,” which is beyond brilliant.

    Rest in peace Amy.

  57. Laura says:

    I live in North London, quite close to where Amy did and the mood is sombre.

    She should never be compared to other “troubled” stars because she is miles away in every respect. She is genuinely so smart and creative. The biggest point I have to make is that she was a very good person, kind, down to earth and sweet. So talented. She never looked down on anyone or saw herself as famous and in Camden she is adored. When you consider the bad press here and some of her escapades it speaks volumes to say the locals really took her to their hearts.

    Rest in peace Amy. xx

  58. Nibbi says:

    i really hate this news.

    thanks for writing kindly about her kaiser.

  59. Rita says:

    “I hope her heaven has lots of dirty ballerina slippers.”

    Kaiser you can be so wonderfully sweet.

    I was never a follower of hers but I know she was very talented. Addiction is such a terrible thing. My God, 27 years and her life is over.

    May we all find solace in the realization that there is a heaven.

  60. serena says:

    This is too sad..she had an amazing voice and talent and wasted it in alcohol and drugs.
    Rest in peace Amy.

  61. Tiffany says:

    @ Cherry Rose. No, I did not keep up, I watched and read when the trouble first started and they were in front on any camera that would listen. The whole situation is sad, no parent wants to oulive their children.

  62. dovesgate says:

    Is it wrong of me to not feel sad that she died of her addictions?

    I pity her and her family, I pity the loss of talent though I feel she threw that away long before she died – if youre too drunk or stoned to be able to use your talent can you still be considered talented?

    I hope this is a wakeup call to someone somewhere that this can happen to them too. I hope any of her fans that were headed down the same road get scared straight.

  63. Violet says:

    Very sad news, but not at all unexpected. RIP.

  64. richie says:

    Wasted talent! Very few have this different, unique voice like, Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse,Duffy,Adele.Its a pity that Amy was such self destructive. Anyways it’s too late to talk about it.

  65. the original bellaluna says:

    Amy had such an awesome voice. Her sound was so unique. I hope she’s at peace now, as it certainly doesn’t seem she had much in life.

  66. Phoenix says:

    I’m so much sadder about this than other celebrity deaths. I don’t know why because I’ve been expecting to read this story for years. She was incredibly talented and it’s a shame that she was never able to sort her life out. RIP.

  67. kat says:

    @gossip owl. Congrats to your 6 years – it’s never an easy path and you should be so proud of yourself. Rest in peace Amy, You will be missed.

  68. Shaz says:

    Srunning and sad. RIP Amy, heaven has a new songbird.

  69. MarySue says:

    Such sad news. I kept hoping that she would overcome her addictions.

  70. Chris says:

    Yup, as others have said, another one joins the 27 Club. Lilo better be careful, at 25 she’s a huge chance of becoming a member.

  71. BeckyR says:

    Drug users have 3 options if they don’t get clean: jails, institutions and death. Very unfortunate rehab did not help Amy. She was such a talented individual.

  72. Miss Diagnosed says:

    @Shaz- “Heaven has a new songbird.”

    That made me cry even harder than I’ve already been crying over Amy. It was beautiful. Very sweet.

  73. Gossip Owl says:

    @Aqua Thanks for the comments. I’m not feeling guilt. For Amy, I feel nothing but sadness for the life that’s gone and anger that she threw her life away to give in to her addictions and didn’t have the strength to pull herself up. It’s anger at her, it’s anger at fate. I was optimistic that she would one day rise above all of this.

    @Kat Thanks. It’s been a lot easier than continuing down the path I was.

    @Laura That makes her death all the more sad. I always felt she was a very confused and scared person in a spiral that she did not know how to get herself out of it. She seemed like a genuinely warm and kind person who loved to be around people. I can only imagine how lonely she must have felt in the last little bit.

    @CherryRose I think you’re right. There is only so much a parent can do/take in watching their child go down this path. She was an adult and her parents did A LOT to try and help her. In no way were they enablers. I remember reading a story about Mitch cutting off access to her funds in an effort to get her help. At the same time, if a person is determined to do something they will do it. In this case I don’t think it is fair to blame Amy’s parents. I think they did everything they could to help her and eventually realized there may be nothing that they can do to help her or save her. It’s rough to give up on someone but there is only so much that they can do.

  74. Ruby Red Lips says:

    This is such sad news, I am still shocked to hear this. Even tho she had publicly battled with addictions of drugs and alcohol she had such an amazing voice and genuine talent. This seems like such an awful loss and waste of life. Incredibly sad. RIP Amy Winehouse.

  75. marge says:

    So sad.

    Rest in peace. I wish you will have a better time in your next life.

  76. Janelly says:

    I led out tears when I heard these news. I never comment on any of these gossip websites, but the sadness that I feel is making me reach out, in any way, to declare my sympathy for the great talent that was Amy Winehouse. May her memory live on forever.

  77. Gossip Owl says:

    @Megg At the same time, don’t you feel this may be a time to allow those who are fans of Amy Winehouse to grieve for her? At least show a tiny bit of respect in that fashion.

  78. Laura says:

    @GossipOwl I totally agree. I know the area where she grew up though, it’s a lovely suburb, full of well to do people. I think she surrounded herself in a very bad scene in Camden around the time of Blake and that’s where the problems started. I found your original msg very touching by the way.

    There is such a strange atmosphere tonight, clear sense of a big loss.. People are standing around her house and all the camera etc have pretty much gone, they’re just standing there. It really is so sad.

  79. Ashley says:

    I was so shocked when I saw the news, even though I probably shouldn’t be. I thought that she would have a chance at recovery if she retired from the spotlight for a few years. I heard on the news that people reported hearing screams coming from her apartment. I hope those turn out to be rumors.

  80. Lucky Charm says:

    @girafe99 #10 – that’s how I felt when I heard of Kurt Cobains death. It seems to hit a little harder when they’re the same age as you. And we both had little kids, I couldn’t help but wonder how bad were his demons that he felt he couldn’t stay around for his daughter.

    It’s so sad when a young life ends too soon, no matter the cause. RIP and thinking of all your friends and family at this sad time.

  81. Laura says:

    @Megg Adele is very talented yes but there’s room for more than one talent here. Have you read the lyrics to Amy’s songs, going back to Frank? She was undeniably talented. She wrote beautifully. In my opinion better than Adele. but like I say, it’s really narrow minded to assume that the presence of other bright musicians take away any of her talent.

  82. zephyr says:

    So gifted.
    Rest in peace, dear one.

  83. matt says:

    @gossip owl, thank you for your beautiful comments about Amy, made me cry. I saw her in concert many times and she was so talented.

  84. Ruby Red Lips says:

    @ Megg, she was still a human being who didn’t deserve to die at such a young age – that doesn’t belittle any other tragedys it just means the rest of us are human and feel sadness about the loss of a young life. Obviously you are one cold biatch…I hope someone manages to show you compassion if you ever find yourself needing it one day…

  85. matt says:

    My uncle who lives very near Amy’s place says there are many people gathering around paying tribute. I used to live in Camden also and I wish I could be there right now.

  86. Buckley says:

    This makes me so very sad.
    RIP Amy.

  87. mtb says:

    Amy’s passing makes me ANGRY! I’m ANGRY that she couldn’t be forced into cleaning up her life. I’m ANGRY that her talent is now gone from this earth. Or, perhaps, I’m just frustrated to have experienced such a talented person who will no longer be gracing us with her gifts. I’m so sad for her family, and for her. She so clearly needed help, and for her own reasons chose not to get that help. I truly wish she would have. She will be missed.

  88. Stephanie says:

    That is so sad. I hope that she can find some peace now. Her voice was hauntingly beautfiul, and I had really hoped that she could get clean. I will keep her family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. Sad.

    @Megg, I hope that you can find some compassion in your heart. We have no idea the struggles that those people were dealing with. What is it proving to judge them?

    If you can’t say anything nice…

  89. Dizzybenny says:

    I’m not sad at all!!It’s a total waste.What pisses me off more is that she died at ”27” the magic number.
    As for Lindsay Lohan she turn 25 a few weeks ago,so we still got 2 years left of her boozing and drugging.

  90. DethHammer says:

    @Ashley, I REALLY hope those reports of people hearing screams from Amy’s apartment turn out to be just untrue rumors O_O

  91. Lizzard says:

    As expected as this inevitably was, it doesn’t make it any less sad on her family friends or remaining fans. She was truly talented and wasted it on substance abuse that has ruined the lives of so many before her.

    The “unexplained” death is obviously the fact that they need to wait for a toxicology report.

    I’m somewhat surprised she has passed, more so that she passed before Lindsay Lohan, I think she’s been next in the celebrity death pool for a while now. It’s too bad she Amy idn’t get to share her gift for longer, at least we had the few great hits… Rest in peace Amy…

  92. Shy says:

    I have zero sympathy for drug addicts. That was the person who had money for best doctors, who entered rehabs numerous times and still didn’t want to help herself. You can’t help someone if he doesn’t want to. I don’t feel sorry for her. She was an idiot who didn’t want to live normal life. RDJ could turn his life around. Drew Barrymore could. And many others could. Amy Winehouse did not want. What can you do…

    And my first reaction when I read this news was: “Lindsay Lohan you are next”…. I really want those paparazzies who follows Lindsay to ask her what she thinks of it and if she doesn’t want to stop before she’ll end up like Amy Winehouse.

  93. Charlotte says:

    Can’t say this was completely unexpected, but Amy’s death is still both sad and surprising. It’s so frustrating when someone who has the kind of talent that she does can’t pull out the inner strength to battle her addiction. Addiction is insidious and diverse. Why can Robert Downey Jr. or Mackenzie Phillips break away from their addiction and hold on as hard as they can daily and someone like Amy Winehouse or Judy Garland cannot? What is it about the makeup of an individual that enables them to “win” against their addiction? My uncle suffered for years before he died, no amount of rehab or counseling ever took hold. Anyway – I hope that there is peace for not only Amy, but for those who love and respect her as well.

  94. jover says:

    RIP amy sad that there are so many talentless autotuned clowns out there but someone with a genuinely unique voice departs; megg, seriously, Jimi and Janis, etc. are overrated you’re kidding or high – also selena and jeff buckley died young (not of the 27 club though).

  95. Lacey says:

    @dovesgate….

    You wrote “Is it wrong of me to not feel sad that she died of her addictions?”

    Well, it isn’t very compassionate. I hope you mean that you hate drug and alcohol addiction, but how can you not feel sad that a person could be so beyond the help offered to her by those who loved her that she died of something so preventable? I hate drugs and alcohol addiction, too (my dad is an alcoholic and is slowly killing himself, despite what we try to do to help him). But, I am always sorry for those with demons who choose to go that route and pray they will turn themselves around. There but for the grace of God go I, right?…

    The pictures of Amy that are posted here are lovely and she will be missed. What an amazing talent she was.

  96. erika says:

    god bless your soul Ms Winehouse. RIP
    xo

  97. alecto says:

    27 seems to be a cursed age for troubled performers. Lindsey better shape up before she gets there.

  98. jane16 says:

    Heartbreaking. I also thought about the 27 year old thing. So sad. RIP Amy.

  99. matt says:

    Can’t beleive a few posters who are so lacking in compassion. Family and friends (and fans like myself) are greiving, please try to remember that.

  100. Cheyenne says:

    @Charlotte: A caring and non-enabling family can help. It worked for Betty Ford.

  101. Dana M says:

    What a talented and gifted soul. RIP Amy.

  102. Pyewacket says:

    So very sad. I have missed her music since her out of control spiral, and sadly no more will ever be made.

    Oh and to the those lacking compassion, may you never know the truly hideous pain of addiction or having a loved one who is an addict. Or should I say, I hope those who are in your life are never less than perfect, because it will be sad for them to try and get some help from you.

  103. What an incredable waste. Rest in peace Amy, you are loved.

  104. Dea says:

    @Shy – that is very sad that you can make such a comment. Maybe none of your closest people had an addiction problem, as I am sure you would have written differently. When people are addicted to things their mind does not work as it should be and they do not have control over it, and cannot use their best judgment as addiction overcomes any other reasoning. I hope you read more about addiction as a disease for the sake of yourself having more horizon to things around you and becoming a better person. I am sure you will judge differently and be understanding.

    Anyways to write something about this post, I really feel sad for her and it is a loss to her family and fans and music in general. I loved so much Back to Black song when it came out that I could listen to it many times a day and never got tired of it.

  105. khaveman says:

    We all saw this coming, but it is very depressing. She needed help and I wish someone had been there to help her. She had a true gift, a very unique and rich voice…I always had hoped she would conquer her demons and get back into music. Far too young and immature to handle the pressures of life apparently. We will miss you Amy Winehouse, and all the beautiful songs you could have sung.

  106. Saor says:

    Yes it was easy to see it coming but I am just totally stunned by this news.
    I love her so much. “Tears Dry Their Own” has always been my go-to song when I’ve been feeling down and out. She had so much personality, though sadly she wasn’t always coherent, but she really was such a funny and loving person. Remember the videos of her with the paps who used to wait at her doorstep? She’d always bring them cups of tea and chat and sign things for them. Rest in peace Amy x

  107. Jaxx says:

    @96 Well, good for you as you stand there with your hateful judgements on a subject you know absolutely nothing about. People who end up destroying themselves like this live in a horror world of psychic pain most cannot comprehend or even imagine. It doesn’t matter how much talent or blessings they have it is completely overwhelmed by the pain that eats them alive.

    Not one person has the right to stand in judgement.

    RIP Amy

  108. UglyFred59 says:

    @Matt – Thanks for posting. I am feeling the same way. A young person who really had an entire life ahead of her has passed away. A daddy has lost his little girl. It is sad that yet one more person couldn’t overcome their substance abuse issues before it was too late. Just because we are posting our comments regarding Amy’s passing does not imply, and one should not infer, that we grieve no less for others who are not as well known.

  109. Seal Team 6 says:

    I really do find her death tragic, albeit inevitable. That vidoe from her last concert was horrible. Such a talent and such a tortured last few years. For some people, substance abuse is almost like a terminal cancer (like Keith Whitley, for example), and I think Amy was one of them. Ms. Lohan should take note of this latest entry in the “27 Club,” but she won’t.

    I’ve read in several places that she was mentally ill and self medicated. Who knows.

    Fair winds and following seas.

  110. Seal Team 6 says:

    And, the “27 Club” thing really is eerie and a bit creepy.

    I am feeling a bit sad about her death. Tragic, not a trainwreck.

  111. Original Tiffany says:

    So sad! I did not expect this even though she had so many problems.

    Like others said, why does real talent have to go when Lohan still walks the earth?

  112. wunderkindt says:

    A very sad non-surprise. . .

  113. Shy says:

    @Dea: I have LIVED with a person who had problems with alcohol. I know very well what does it mean to live with addiction person. That’s why I can’t feel sorry for addicted people. I know very well that feeling when person drinks all the time and then feel sorry for himself and screams, whines and blames everyone else for his problems. That’s why I’m so angry at alcoholics and drug addicts.Try to live with someone and you will feel differently.

    You obviously didn’t have personal experience so it’s easy for you to write all those pretty but empty words about “let’s hold our hands, pray and there will come world peace”… It will not. It’s not a fairytale.

    I feel sorry for Britney Spears. Because she is mentally sick. Even Michael Jackson was mentally sick. But I don’t feel sorry Brittany Murphy, Brad Renfro, Corey Haim, Ryan Dunn, Amy Winehouse or other rich idiots who died because of their own stupidity. And because they didn’t want to stop.

    Amy Winehouse was not some poor Jane Doe who didn’t have money for rehab or doctors. She was entering Rehabs so many times and still did not wanted to make effort and stop. You need to have strong will to do that. I’m sure that RDJ want’s to drink and party all the time. But he doesn’t. He knows when it will lead him. Amy knew she would end up dead but still wanted to party with drugs.That’s her own fault. No one could stop her. And I will not feel sorry for her.

  114. lucy2 says:

    Surprised to hear the news, but then again, not that much, given her long history of addiction. It’s very sad for her family and friends, and that someone so young and talented is gone way too soon. RIP.

  115. jello says:

    Such sad news. But maybe we can remind ourselves that addiction is a disease. It’s not laziness, it’s not entitlement. I honestly believe that addiction is an illness as serious as cancer or heart disease. And for sure people suffering from it deserve the same compassion.

    RIP Amy.

  116. No Sensei says:

    Fuck the 27 thing. Massive, massive waste and shame. She really does seem like a nice, lost person. RIP.

  117. Embee says:

    God bless. I wish we could figure out how to reach people in the thrall of drink and drugs. I hate that $hit.

  118. Amy says:

    When I heard this on the radio this morning, my heart sank. I wasn’t surprised or shocked when I heard it, it was more of a “oh wow, it finally happened.” Since her death really isn’t unexpected, though at this point we don’t know what actually caused it.

    But still, she had a ridiculously gifted voice which was sadly overshadowed by her problems with alcohol and drugs. I feel so sorry for her family and friends, I cannot imagine what they are going through after watching her go downhill for so long.

  119. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Totally breaks my heart. I had high hopes Amy would pull herself together, fix her life, and make great music again. I am so sadden by this. RIP Amy

  120. GradStudentEatingHotPockets says:

    @jello

    It truly is as terrible…I think people should give mental illnesses (which substance abuse/addiction is considered) as much attention as they do physical illnesses.

  121. Truthful says:

    RIP Amy!!!!

    I will miss your voice…and was waiting for new music.

  122. Adrien says:

    Why am I still shocked? I saw Amy in a bar last year where she performed coherently. She was the bar’s anniversary guest. She looked healthy and she smiled a lot and chatted with fans. I thought she was on her way to recovery until I saw the video of her getting booed in Serbia(?). She cancelled the tour and announced she’s going away for years… that was creepy.

  123. JustMe says:

    Even though I never listened to Amy’s music, I always rooted for her to get help and get sober. I burst into tears when I read the headlines when I got up this morning. I was hoping (like so many others on this site) that she’d get her life together & turned around. You know, she’s just a little more than a month older than I am and it breaks my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and fans this evening.

  124. Ruby7 says:

    I watched my father drink himself to death and there was noting we could do to stop it. No amount of tears, love and begging could stop him. Its a very bad way to go, but even worse for the ones left behind. My heart goes out to her family and friends. RIP Amy, you were too young to die.

  125. Ashley Temple says:

    I LOVE AMY!!! I’m so sad!

  126. OriginalGracie says:

    @Embee: you said, “God bless. I wish we could figure out how to reach people in the thrall of drink and drugs. I hate that $hit.”

    So, so, so, so, so, so true. My dad was an alcoholic and eventually committed suicide. My brother was a drug addict and probably because of my Dad going out that way, he too chose suicide. I battled drinking and drugs for many years until I finally got the strength to pull myself out of that. I did not want to follow their path.

    I consider myself fortunate that I could escape but it kills me that two family members could not get out in time. It’s a terrible burden on your soul to have loved ones suffer like that.

    So I can really feel your statement about people in the thrall of drugs and drink. I hate that shit too. I think Amy’s parents must have felt helpless and scared for so long not knowing how to help her.

    My mom did all she could for my brother. He was on the waiting list for a teen treatment center when he killed himself. My mother was never the same after that. She still feels incredibly guilty.

  127. WildChild says:

    I loved Amy’s voice. I won’t judge her because I didn’t live her life.

  128. yadicakes says:

    Always sad when someone so young passes away but it is sadder when they took their lives for granted.

    She had real talent and I really liked her music. Maybe now you will have the peace you couldn’t find here in this world. RIP Amy

  129. Jules says:

    RIP Amy. What a loss of a true talent who wrote her own songs. Yet, that talentless had Lohan walks around feeling like the world owes her something.

  130. OriginalGracie says:

    @Ruby7: I am so so sorry for your loss. Hugs.

  131. assistantrachel says:

    So sad…RIP Amy.

  132. amanda says:

    Love her music! She was so talented, this is really sad news. I was really rooting for her to turn her life around.

  133. Eve says:

    This is sad and even though we kind of saw that comming, I didn’t expect her to die so soon.

  134. marybeth18 says:

    While not entirely unexpected, still so tragic- the local radio station was playing the entire ‘Back to Black’ album today.

    RIP Amy.

  135. honeybunxo says:

    i am deeply saddened!! last i heard of amy sometime this year was that she was going to rehab and taking some time off…then she was apparently going back to rehab and woring in the beginning stages of a new album…ive loved and adored amy since ger frammy performance where she walked away with her 5 well deserved awards and i went out the very next day and bought back to black album and came across frank album….her voice and lyrics were so real and tortured and deep…when i thin of amy i will as i always have remember her for her soulful voice..her english accent…and her smile!! rip sweety you WILL be missed :-(

  136. honeybunxo says:

    sorry that whould be working NOT woring….

  137. Louisa says:

    RIP.

    I don’t like her nor dislike her. I never followed her career nor liked any of her songs but even then I know about her drug/alcohol addiction. You can’t really describe her without failing to use the words drugs, alcohol or rehab in the same sentence.

  138. 9 out 10 experts recommend says:

    Amy is the exact age as me. Wow scary stuff. I loved her Back to Black record. To those other comments talking about Lindsay L it’s not fair. Yeah she is a hot mess evading the court system But there’s no need to say her number is almost up. I have watched family members succumb to drugs and alcohol and it’s heart wrenching. There is nothing more painful watching some you love destroy themselves and you can pretty much do nothing about it. Amy probably like Lindsay have enablers. Those kind of people are nothing more than shit.
    God Bless her soul.

  139. skeptical says:

    this is sad. it’s a sadness of the “well, that’s the ending i hoped i would not get” kinda feeling. Not surprising, but still sad. i was hoping she’d turn it around and then after that one video i just got this feeling of dread.
    Amy wasn’t at all like lilo.. Amy didn’t seek the paps out when she wasn’t doing well. Amy didn’t brag about how great she was doing. Amy didn’t churn out mag interview after interview, all saying the same thing. She just wanted to hide with the disease that was eating her up.

    poor little thing :(

  140. Innocentangel81 says:

    It’s sad I was hoping it was not true, I was looking forward to new music, of all people I thought Lohan would go first.

  141. Cherry Rose says:

    @skeptical – Cosign. Amy, while a bit crazy, was all in all a very sweet person. She was nothing like Lindsay nor is Lindsay anything like her.

    The only two things these two had in common were their drug and alcohol use and the fact that they’re famous. After that, the similiarities end.

  142. Kylie says:

    RIP Amy. She was an amazing talent who will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to all that knew her.

  143. munchies says:

    just yesterday I was in deep thoughts about Amy, her hair and frail body. it is always like this… I always think of someone for days particular popular people and ill just read them dead the next day. ledger, brittany,goldstein.

    amy was like a vulnerable plant… she was not taken cared of for long time. no one watered, no sunshine. she became weak and she died. RIP.

  144. Juliesunflower says:

    She was one of the most talented artistes around – a SIGNIFICANT talent. You will be seriously missed. RIP Amy.

  145. Hi, Hello says:

    @khaveman – People were there to help her (many, many, many times), the most prominent and front and center being her father, Mitch. His exhaustive efforts are well documented in media. My heart is broken for him and Amy’s mother; addiction is tragic, angering, frustrating and sorrowful for all around the abuser, who has to want to get better.

    Most saw this coming, and hopefully it will serve as a warning to other major talents who walk that line. It’s one of life’s most difficult lines.

    Rest, Amy.

  146. ViktoryGin says:

    I had just gotten in from hanging out with my friend, when she suddenly called me out of the blue, because she knows what a HUGe fan I am. Though they are years old, I still listen to Black to Black and Frank on a regular basis. I swear I felt that like someone knocked the wind out of me. I couldn’t get to sleep for a couple of hours.

    I tried to keep the faith that she would pull herself out, but I knew deep down it was only a matter of time.

    Some of the most prodigiously talened people at self-expression have the darkest demons.

    Anyway, I just can’t right now….

  147. cait says:

    I’m absolutely not a fan of Lohan, but the “it should’ve been her” comments are really cruel and callous. IMO, Amy Winehouse had a tragic life, and immense talent, not unlike Billie Holliday, and it breaks my heart that she couldn’t pull it together. LL might lack that talent, but she’s also a lost girl, and implying that she should be dead is unconscionable. (sp?)

  148. Jen D says:

    @Shy

    Don’t be so quick to judge based on the experiences of other celebrities. I remember when RDJ was in the same place as Amy Winehouse. He was a total train wreck – he wrecked his relationship with his first wife, nearly destroyed his relationship with his son, and no one could insure him on a set. He lost lucrative jobs, and he went to jail for a f*cking year and still got back on drugs.

    But, thank goodness, he was lucky enough to be able to make his sobriety stick. He was lucky he never OD’d, or killed himself. He was older than Amy Winehouse when he sobered up, and he had been on drugs much longer than she.

    RDJ is a great entertainer – I love his movies, his interviews,and his general attitude. I’m so happy he was able to sober up and live his life fully. I wish the same could have happened with Amy Winehouse. We only got a chance to glimpse at what she was capable of with her first two albums. Maybe if she was able to get over her addictions she could have written some amazing albums.

    Rant over. Actually, one more thing: I know it’s very likely she died of an overdose, but I think we shouldn’t forget that it could have been something else. Nothing’s been confirmed yet.

  149. Shannon says:

    Addiction is a disease. It is genetic. Not everyone can beat it. Amy Winehouse couldn’t even do it with all the resources in the world at her disposal, and that is incredibly sad. I’m sure she felt like a failure and that probably kept her at rock bottom.

  150. Dhavy says:

    Such a talent..I was hoping she got better so that would be able to release new material. I love Back to Black and play it several times more than once.

    Her music will always play forever in my heart

  151. Rainbow says:

    Rest in peace, dear Amy.
    You and your Family, will get united
    one day.
    Thank You
    for your voice, your music. For so short time, your star shined, for so short time.
    but your light, what you made us feal threw your voice, is everything, and stay forever. I am crying now, i cant holt it, and millions your admirers are too.
    You never died. Your Spirit will shine to us on Heaven
    and your
    Talent, your
    Voice, will stay Forewer with
    people here.
    I wish there will be that day soon, when we can listen you singing without tears.
    That day will come, and Again we listen your soulvoice, and fealing happy,
    strong, sad, Real.

    (i apologice for not best english,im european.i ment best i could)

  152. Dea says:

    @Shy: you still do not get it. Good luck with your attitude towards these people. At least I hope you do not work in an area that any of the people that suffer from addiction problems would come for your assistance because you never will give the right help. At least I am not a mean and cruel person like you and I think I am blessed and you are not. I have nothing else to say.

  153. Bellatrix says:

    http://youtu.be/inHOKrk9aD0

    “Lady in dead animal, support Amy Winehouse!”
    “Dido will kill you!”
    Remembering the fun times with Amy… RIP.

  154. Charlotte says:

    @Cheyenne – Am speaking from a loving and non-enabling family point of view. We did everything that doctors and therapists told us to do. No booze in the house. Changed locks. No money. Changed phone numbers – did the tough love, interventions, everything. My uncle died anyway. So thanks for your input.

  155. Barb says:

    thank you, kaiser, for sticking with pretty pix of her. there are enough bad, sickly looking ones out there, glad you chose to let her RIP and be remembered for the talent and beauty she possessed.

  156. matt says:

    @ shy, you say you feel sorry for Britney becuase she is ‘mentally sick’. Amy had long battled with Bi Polarity and depression. Mental illness and drug addiction often go hand in hand.

  157. Carrie says:

    I am so sad here in Los Gatos, CA. I watched Amy on at tv screen in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on a trip with my new husband. She was stoned out of her mind singing “Rehab” but was brilliant. What a talent. My husband & I were entralled. Talented song writer, ultra talented musician. Brilliant but trouble person. Peace be with you, Dear Amy. Thank you for your work. We are sorry you went down due to drugs & alcohol. Many talented greats have gone down the same path. We pray for your soul. We are subjected to so much shoddy so-called talent. You were the top. I hope you will be remembered with love.

  158. Gossip Owl says:

    I was looking at some of the pictures and the one of Reg Traviss just broke my heart. His eyes looked so angry and at the same time I saw a lot of self blame in them. I hope he has someone around to give him a hug and tell him it’s not his fault.

    @Shy I can empathize with how you feel even though I disagree with it. I tried to help an ex-boyfriend get clean. Eventually he did, but it also became apparent that his violent and narcissistic behavior was here for good. I spent a long time wondering if the drugs made him that way or if he would have been that way anyways. It doesn’t matter in the end he’ll always be a broken person and there came a time when I had to say enough and realize I had nothing more I could do to help him. However, like DEA and others have stated addiction usually goes hand in hand with mental illness. Amy had bipolar disorder and she self medicated. So I think you will have a softer mindset if you look at addiction as a mental illness. Some are able to cope with it better than others. Some are not able to cope at all. At the same time, I am sure your experiences left you bitter towards your inability to help someone in the throes of addiction. Sometimes you just CAN’T help a person no matter how hard you try. If that experience has left you unwilling to help someone with addictions then so be it. But try to understand that these people are lost and broken.

  159. Iheartlasagne says:

    So this was not a shock to many including myself, but still very sad. I loved Amy’s music and mourn her passing, even though it could have been prevented. From my own personal experience I can back up those posters above who mentioned how someone with substance abuse can only be helped so much. My husband became a terrible, terrible alcoholic; like Amy he went to rehab but didn’t have the strength to overcome his addiction and subsequently committed suicide. There is only so much one can do for a loved one with an addiction; they have to want to get better. I get angry about it all the time, but in the end that anger gets us nowhere. When my husband refused to stop drinking I left him because I was going to end up either killing him due to my anger and frustration. As I drove away I listened to several songs on Back to Black and bawled like a baby. It’s so unfortunate but all we can do is try to take a lesson – addiction is a disease that kills. Yes, it is preventable. Yes, they do it to themselves. But that doesn’t mean that those who care can’t mourn them and love them despite that. There will always be a place in my heart for those who can’t see the beauty in life, who can’t overcome their pain/sadness/addictions. And yes, many of them have chemical imbalances and are self-medicating, like my husband. Amy, I hope you can find some peace now. I will miss you and mourn your untimely passing.

  160. Mika says:

    Still my favourite singer. When you think about it, there would be no Adele, no Duffy, no Estelle, if Amy hadn’t blazed the way for English soul singers. In a time when music is becoming more and more synthesized and auto-tuned, Amy built a career on the power of her voice, and sang honest songs from the heart. Thank you for providing a soundtrack to a very difficult time in my life, Amy. I hope you’ve finally found your peace.

  161. Madam U says:

    Im so sorry to hear this news. RIP Amy

    I understand why some people get angry at addicts, for example Lindsey. But I have a knife shoved in my gut from my kid who is an addict, and it is twisted everytime I see my kid high. I want Lindsey to get help but she has to be the one to want it. Until then she’s slowly killing her own loved ones. I try not to be too judgy because no one knows what kind of demons rides an addicted persons @ss.

    That being said My thoughts and prayers are with Amy’s loved ones and fans.

    @Shy I get your anger at watching your loved one self destruct, but your timing of your comments are at an inapproriate time. These people are grieving for Amy let’s give them that respect

  162. MourningTheDeathofMusic says:

    Thank you to those who pointed out to Shy about Amy’s mental health issues, I was just about to do the same.

    @Shy – You chose the path of hardened judgement of others based on your experiences of dealing with a loved one with addiction. That’s a true shame.

    You ever notice some of the greatest minds, most talented in their field, are also some of the most tormented souls?

    Amy just seemed self-destructive. I’m sure she was a lovely, lovely woman, but it was clear she had some serious demons she just could not shake.

  163. Launicaangelina says:

    I’m so freaking sad about her death. She was extremely talented. I have several drug addicts in my family and it’s a horrible disease.

  164. foozy says:

    so sad, so shocked. can’t stop crying. what a loss. what a talent. it’s going to take another 20 years before we see talent like that again, if ever!

  165. fabchick says:

    So sad. I love her music and was just listening to her album a few days ago wishing she could get it together.. I had a drug addict in my family and getting clean is easier said than done. Rest in piece Amy.

  166. dilettante says:

    I really thought she would get through it. It’s so sad.

  167. Lady D says:

    Heartbreaking about Amy, just so sad.
    “If that experience has left you unwilling to help someone with addictions then so be it.”
    I’m still willing to help, volunteer for, and offer empathy to addicts, but I’m also a lot warier now.

  168. KatieM says:

    What a very sad end to a talented career. My prayers go out to her family tonight.

  169. The Original Ashley says:

    Like others, I was shocked. Completely saddened by this. I was just listening to “Frank” yesterday and I always thought she would sort herself out. I was hoping because she wasn’t so much in the spotlight anymore that she would get some peace and put her life together. I am just so shocked… there are no words.

  170. Nat says:

    @Dea, people like you, with your attitude of sympathy, are the same exact personality type that enable addicts to continue doing their self destructive behavior. Like the parent you often see on shows like Intervention that feel so bad for their child that they give them money for drugs. It’s a fact that addicts, just like everybody else, have a CHOICE. I will grant that the choice to NOT pick up the crack pipe or cigarette or bottle is a lot harder for addicts than it is for normal folks, but they still have a choice. “Do I want to live or die? Live? Okay, then I need to get off drugs and alcohol… how can I do that? Well the first step will be to get serious about a recovery program, and do every step asked of me to get better”.
    @Matt I understand she had mental health issues that contributed to her addiction, but she CHOSE multiple times not to take her medication for bipolar and depression.

    Coming from very personal experience with family members with addiction, I can say this. It is sad, like you all say. But at the end of the day the root cause of the behaviors is excess, selfishness, and lack of will. It is much easier to take the easy road than to put forth any real effort to get better, if not for yourself then for the family members that care about you… and I don’t have much sympathy for those that indulge themselves into their graves.

    @Madam U, this is a blog about celebrity gossip, with the word “bitch” in the title. If you want a place where everybody is prim and proper and prefers polite courtesies to honest opinions, you are in the wrong place.

  171. SB1982 says:

    You all should stop ripping on Lindsay Lohan (sp)…particularly if she *does* pass away and then you’ll all be here saying how “wonderful” she was. Even if you don’t, do you *really* want to be condemning her to death? It is also saddening that we all sit here and pretend that we know what her life was like and that she just chose to party. Perhaps, as some intelligent people have pointed out, that she was fighting demons that she just couldn’t get rid of.

    Why do I even bother posting? I’m on a gossip site, for god’s sake: no one is going to care what I say.

    And RIP to the people in Oslo who have been murdered, as well as RIP to Amy Winehouse.

  172. *****
    I haven’t read the post, or any of the comments for that matter – I just came here to mourn.

    I heard the news around 10 this morning. At first I thought it was a joke, or a knee-jerk reaction to an emergency room visit. My boyfriend (a totally non-gossip type) called 15 minutes later to let me know the bad news. . .

    I’ve always identified Amy as an old, lost soul. An alienated woman who strongly identified with a generation and culture completely different than her own. For someone this day and age to sing so soulfully in such an antiquated artform- truly a woman isolated from her time. A sad and lonely woman.

    We are the same age, and I feel as though we’ve shared similar struggles.

    I’m going to miss that bitch.

  173. dovesgate says:

    @ Lacey
    If you continued reading my post, you would see that I pity her, her family, and the loss of talent from losing her to drugs and alcohol.

    Pity (as a verb with object) means to be sorry for and commiserate with.

    So please don’t accuse me of having no compassion for Amy’s family, friends, or fans. I understand that this is tragic news for them and my heart goes out to the people who have to deal with the aftermath of the loss of life.

    So, perhaps it is bad that I do not feel sad over the loss of someone I did not personally know that we all forsaw ending up this way. But, I have to live with me and I don’t feel bad that I’m not sad.

    If anything, like a few other posters, I’m a bit angry that someone who had so many more resources than the average addict couldn’t pull it together. I would have been ecstatic to eat my own words that she was headed for death. Just like I will be ecstatic if LL can get it together.

  174. MB says:

    I am unfuriated at the comment that drug addiction is just as serious a disease as cancer.

    Drug addiction is self inflicted and entirely avoidable. To compare drug addiction to the torture of a disease that indescrimantly kills people who did nothing to court it is disgusting.

    I have bi-polar, i have a naturally addictive personality, and I used to like to party alot. But you know what? I havent become a drug addict because none of those things lead you to drug addiction. You become a drug addict by allowing yourself to behave in a reckless self-indulgent and selfish manner and basically showing no regard for anyone or anything other than getting high. Overcoming your demons is HARD. Nobody has ever suggested otherwise. But we all have our battles to cope with and most people manage to do it with a lot fewer resources than these celebs who kick the bucket too early. To say that drug addiction is on par with Cancer is basically suggesting that the addict had no control over their fate. You dont just suddenly wake up and discover that out of nowhere you are a drug addict.

    Dont get me wrong – I think it is a real shame that Amy has died, particularly after seeing her as gossip fodder to be laughed at an pitied on gossip sites and tabloids for the past few years….. But this really could have been avoided.

  175. cruiz2 says:

    Very sad stuff! Maybe rehab techniques need to be re-evaluated? Gossip sites predicted this years ago!

  176. TPOE says:

    Man I love this website but sometimes it makes my head hurt.

    Amy Winehouse dead is so “sad” and everyone is so “saddened”. Give me a break. I mean I liked her music too but damn.

    Sad is the hundreds of babies who died in Somalia yesterday because they didn’t have any food or clean water. Sad is a Right wing fundamentalist shooting 90 odd kids in Norway.

    A coked out, alcoholic singer who had all the support and the all the financial means anyone could ever ask for finishing herself off at 27 ins’t sad. Its arithmatic.

    Come on people. Get your priorities straight. None of us knew her personally and the world is no more or less miserable for not having Amy Winehouse and her drugged out, alcohol fueld, antics in it.

  177. Becca B says:

    Well, we all know it just didn’t “come out of nowhere”… Very sad news nonetheless. Hope you finally find your peace, Amy.

  178. Flan says:

    Sorry, but caring a whole lot more about the teenagers killed in Norway than about someone who messed up her own life like this.

  179. i.want.shoes says:

    I wish people would NOT make comments on how Lindsay Lohan is the next to enter the “27 club”. The “27 club” refers to people who were talented and had a major impact in the music industry. That is NOT Lindsay.

  180. Overrated says:

    @MB I totally agree with you.
    Addiction is not a disease like cancer and to make excuses as to why someone would self destruct is just that, making excuses. What a cop out.

    I suffer from severe depression and when younger I drank like a fish, smoked weed by the bucket load and smoked more cigarettes than a trooper. I always had the sense never to try anything “harder”. One day I decided living this lifestyle will end up killing me so I took responsibility for MY OWN ACTIONS. I quit all three addictions. Lord knows it was tough but I stuck it out. I was done making excuses for my self destructive habits. In the end I chose life.

  181. Zzzzzzzzz says:

    Such a crying shame. She had so much talent but just could not beat her demons. Stay away from drugs people.

  182. Neve says:

    at least her music will live on. such a waste of a life=[

  183. glowkey says:

    @Nat – I agree wholeheartedly. While I feel for her family and friends grieving at their loss, I can’t help but take the same stance as you and Shy. My dad was head-over-heels for the drink and drugs, and killed himself in a fit of passion with them, and now I’ve got the rest of my life to wonder if I’ll be subject to some genetic anomaly that will make me perhaps more susceptible to going down the same road.

    While no one is ever happy to hear of the death of another, I think far too many people, in general and especially on this board, are seemingly giving Amy a “pass” because of her extraordinary talent or because they were huge fans and loved her body of work.

    Example: MourningTheDeathofMusic, who wrote “You ever notice some of the greatest minds, most talented in their field, are also some of the most tormented souls?”

    So there is not equal torment in Average Joe and Average Jane simply because they do not produce “creative works”?? Should we not equally grieve those who also die from addiction and their own brand of personal torment, simply because their names and/or work were not known to the world?

    Not knocking anyone grieving this news about Winehouse, but, honestly, it is particularly difficult to give what appears to be special exception and sympathy to someone who had every opportunity to get clean, compared to the masses that are struggling without the benefit of a caring family, group of friends, and the ability to pay for months or even years in rehab.

    I can’t say I was ever a fan of Winehouse, but that’s simply because I never took the time to listen to her music or really follow her, and most of what I know about her is from gossip sites, but I do feel for this loss. I just think it’s a shame that there will not be equal sadness and a sense of loss for those who have been struggling longer and under much more dire circumstances just because they never had the fortune of putting out an album or appearing on TV.

  184. glowkey says:

    @MB – Absolutely. You hit the nail directly on the head. VERY well said.

  185. Overrated says:

    @ glowkey

    Wonderful post. Thank you!

  186. Flamingo says:

    The simple fact of the matter is there is an intrisic break in truly talented people; there is a correlation between artistic expression and madness. Consider this. No matter how much adoration she recieved she based so much on her relationships. Imagine yourself in her place; grammy, awards, whatever. All that mattered was her Blake. Then ? I am so so sorry for her. And ‘cliche’ but those of you who are quick to judge think about how you would want to be spoken of.

  187. Lily says:

    Poor girl… I feel really sorry for her. Nobody knew how to help her. She didn’t want to help herself. She was a tormented, self-destructive soul. Extremely talented, but fragile. She could have been a legend, she was not a blonde bimbo shaking her a*s, she had an amazing voice and an unbeatable good taste for music. She felt every word she sang. But she’s not a myth, not a legend. She didn’t have time to develop her musical career. She left us two good albums and lots of controversy. Rest in peace, Amy.

  188. Louisa says:

    Can we please not compare Amy’s death to those killed in Norway or the ” hundreds of babies who died in Somalia yesterday”? These are all separate matters unrelated with one another.

    THIS IS NOT A GRIEF COMPETITION PEOPLE! Stop making it out like it is. Yes I’m looking at you TPOE – and by the way there is no such word as arithmatic. Please check your dictionary next time before you post.

  189. Carolyn says:

    Sad news. Do we know the cause of death yet? All are assuming she’s overdosed. Disappointed in Amy not having the strength to fight her demons. Nicely suprised Kaiser at your wording of this article, as others have also praised.

  190. malachais says:

    This is so sad. I am shocked for some reason as it seemed Amy was trying to get her life together in the past few months.

    Rest in peace Amy. The demons may have taken you away but your music still lives on. :(

  191. mimi says:

    Whoever wrote the text (kaiser?) about Amy here did a wonderful job. Addiction has cut short the lives of so many wonderful, talented souls. You won’t be forgotten, Amy. RIP

  192. Pyewacket says:

    Drug addiction IS a disease, however, it is a disease that one chooses to have vs a disease like cancer, where the person has no choice in the matter. Fact, it is nevertheless, a disease.

  193. Jaye E says:

    @MBO…There are a lot of undiagnosed bipolar sufferers who self medicate. It is reported that Amy Winehouse was also bipolar and not on medication for it. I suffer from bipolar disorder as well and I know that a “broken” brain is not always a rational one. To suggest that she could simply chose to not be an addict is naive, especially when mental illness is the root cause of the addiction. As a stated, I am bipolar, have an addictive personality and avoided drug addiction as well, but that is no indication that your story or my story applies to every other bipolar sufferer across the board.

  194. Cheyenne says:

    @Charlotte: You and your family did all you could. But there is no way you can save someone who is hell-bent on destroying herself.

  195. hairball says:

    “To suggest that she could simply chose to not be an addict is naive, especially when mental illness is the root cause of the addiction.”

    Well said.

  196. TPOE says:

    @ Louisa: You are absolutely right.

    One of them is the death of a drugged out alcoholic who had the means to get help.

    The other two are cases of real human tragedy deserving of our sympathy and attention.

    Its one thing when this site is about keeping up on celebrity gossip for a good laugh or out of curiousity. Its another thing entirely to sit here and pretend that the death of someone like Amy Winehouse is somehow important or tragic to anyone but her friends and family. Especially in light or real world events. To do so demonstrates an alarming inability to put things in proper perspective.

    You’re also right about my spelling, besides the point as it. I bow to your superior ability to spell the word “arithmetic” if not your ability to comprehend the meaning of my post.

  197. Nah, nah & nah... says:

    I ABSOLUTELY loved this child. But, if you go back and look at my posts under her last show, I told ya’ll this was where we were with her. She is the Janis Joplin of the Crack Era. I knew she would be in the 27 Club. I knew it was the end.

    May she rest in peace and may we all gain whatever emotions we need, from solace to insight, from her songs from here on.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTpcLir9pQo

  198. J O'C says:

    I’d never seen a picture of her smiling before. She had a beautiful smile.

    This death *is* sad. No, didn’t know her personally, but I did lose a wonderful, talented, amazing cousin to a heroin addiction. Any death from addiction makes me feel sad, now. The system that we have in place for helping addicts isn’t working. I feel for her friends and family.

  199. Gossip Owl says:

    @TPOE But here’s the deal: We can make sense of Amy Winehouse’s death. Whether the police know it or not we know the reason for Amy’s death was the result of her lifestyle choices. I would rather wrap my head around this story than try to understand why a religious psychopath felt the need to kill 90 people. I would rather mourn one person who made beautiful music than mourn or come to grips with the fact the world has gone insane. That’s my choice and my priorities are just fine. I just at this moment only have room in my heart right now to mourn one death that makes sense to me.

  200. Mimi says:

    What a waste of such precious talent. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. @gossipp owl, good for you honey! You should be proud of yourself for getting healthy and getting your life back together. And it absolutely IS fair that you recovered. You worked hard and having your life back is your much deserved reward.

  201. Jen D says:

    @ Louisa

    Exactly! Well said. Being sad about Amy Winehouse dying does not detract from the tragedies in Norway.

  202. TPOE says:

    @Gossip Owl:

    Well said and I see where you are coming from, I really do, but I don’t agree. Mostly because it is my personal belief that the world doesn’t owe Amy Winehouse anything, least of all sympathy. She was a talented musician who was well compensated for her art. I don’t think she deserves our tears (of course her friends and family deserve our condolensces but that’s it). But like I said, that’s my personal belief.

    Its not like we all have to agree. :)

  203. Nik says:

    I am so saddened by this. Like a lot of people I wasn’t surprised to hear that Amy had passed and I think that is what is so sad. Despite knowing that Amy would live a short life because of her destructive ways no one was able to stop or help her. So sad.

  204. ThatBoyLuke says:

    This is such sad news… I’ve loved Amy’s music since i was youn(ger) and she was definately one of the greatest singers to live and the fact thats she was an amazing songwriter too shouldn’t be forgotten.
    It’s so sad when people get consumed by their demons, i guess drugs had a stronger hold on Amy than Amy had on life…
    I hope she rests in peace and my thoughts are with her family, friends and god daughter Dionne Bromfield and with all her other fans around the world too, Amy will never be forgotten and her albums will go down as classics.

    P.S Death is sad nomatter who it it’s sad to see people saying things like “it should have been Lindsay Lohan” Lindsay has a tallent too and sadly is on the same spiral as Amy just with less humility, we shouldn’t wish death on anyone we should hope they change their lives around like Amy should have :/

    RIP Amy </3 x

  205. orion70 says:

    I think there are a few people here who view addiction in such a simplistic light i.e. “all it takes is a bit of self control” etc. If it were only so simple, there would not be treatment centres, hospitals and prisons full of people. The fact that you, or I, or anyone else have managed to not become addicted, does not always amount to much.

    And I say this as someone who has just completed several months of cancer treatment: I will never understand the “one-upmanship” that goes on with people when it comes to illness. This is so much worse than that etc.

    It is not a contest.

  206. Ana says:

    Dear Amy, broke my heart that she passed. Really did. I spent long hours having a nice beer with friends enjoying her great talent. She brought a special flavour to us.

    But illness or not, I don´t think that any rehab or money on this world would EVER stop her. That wild (and self-destructive) personality was way to out of control since the very beginning (no, no, no…).

    Perhaps we should just accepted that she lived the way she wanted. That some people just doesn´t want to be “fixed”.

    The combination of everything that happened to her will be eventually too much, common sense, right? But I still want to bit the hell out of that crap Blake-Civil Douche. I do. I blaime him (a little) to speed her way.

    RIP Amy Baby. :(

    PS.: sorry for the english, latina here.

  207. Gossip Owl says:

    @TPOE You’re right, the world DOESN’T owe Amy a thing. She had beautiful talent and she wasted it on bullshit. However, I CHOOSE to give her something. Personally for me because I WAS where Amy is. I think a lot of us saw Amy as that sister, friend, or other person who couldn’t get it together although she was loved and had everything going for her. I think we can resonate our feelings about them on to Amy. There’s always that person someone knows who has everything but they throw it away and give in to their demons. We all know or were that person and that’s why we get sad when we hear of someone famous like this. Especially because they really did have everything. It’s sad when you realize this could be that loved one or even you.

  208. Linner says:

    Oh for heaven’s sake. Unless you knew her personally a simple RIP is sufficient. She was a singer. She will eventually be replaced by someone else you can all worship from afar and pretend you know the inner workings of this person by reading gossip sites and tabloid rags. So the next time you are all singing into your hairbrushes pretending to be Amy Winehouse, remember that all the other members of the “27 club” (how ridiculous considering the number of famous pop stars that died at an age other than 27 of various self abuse techniques)were also considered irreplaceable. But mostly by their families. You are not family. You are fans. Short for fanatic. As for the drugs and drinking, the poor girl was ill and doomed from the day she was born if it is to be believed that addiction is hard-wired in the brain. I feel badly for anyone that suffers with serious addiction. Not just Amy Winehouse and including Lindsay Lohan, unpleasant as she may be.

  209. teehee says:

    You can chose to fight addiciton, the same way you choose to fight anything- be it poverty, diagnosed illness, or other things. it is mroe complex, yes– meaning that it takes a lot more than the choice itself, to fight them!
    But at the end of the day, you still make that choice to defeat or be defeated.
    Some people dont make it out in time, though, even though most dont ever make it out without a huge struggle (for any fight) and even major scars to show for it; or at least as in the form of a gift to their offspring/those whose lives are affected by the choices they themselves make.

    Amy was torn between it all… the choices you make also wield their power in the form of influence over you and your life. And the scales can and do easily tip, as her death has once again proven….
    Its like even when you see it coming, its still a sad waste and a shock to really finally see that headline.

  210. kasper says:

    @ Flan

    Feeling sympathy for Amy Winehouse and feeling sympathy for the teenagers in Norway are not two mutually exclusive acts — unless of course you have a terribly shallow pool of sympathy to draw from.

  211. MourningTheDeathofMusic says:

    @glowkey

    Do not take my words out of context. I said nothing about grieving and did not say that we should mourn the loss of someone with well noted talents more than someone who is “average”.

    I pointed out how it is a common thread in history that those who have made an indelible mark for their extraordinary talents seem to be tormented souls.

  212. ElleGin says:

    I guess even the anger comes out of love in a way. I feel very sad that she has passed away, but it’s not hard to understand why some people would feel angry or even feel that she “deserved” it. However, I would like to say that there is a place and a time for everything. What we saw of her was through the lenses of paps, and as we all know, a lot of twisted stories come from them.

    Sometimes it’s not so easy to just stop addictions, hence the name addiction. Humans are complex beings, and every person’s mind is different. I struggle with depression and self-harm, even though I know it hurts the people around me. But sometimes it is exactly their expectations of me to be good and recover that send me back into depression. It may be easy for some to say “just be yourself and relax”, but it certainly is not for me.

    Maybe what could have saved her was time alone with people she loved, no paps, no touring, no making music, just space and time, but like in most cases, regret comes too late, and all the living are left with is anger and sadness.

    To those that are less sympathetic, I’m sure you are willing to acknowledge Amy as a talented person, and your indifference and anger (believe it or not) comes from caring.

    To those that are deeply upset, it is very cheesy to say the line, but I think she is in a better place now.

    R.I.P Amy

  213. Ghostwriter says:

    @Kaiser. Thank you for your grace and compassion reflected in your writing and choice of photos. Her voice and lyrics allowed those of us who listened to hear a beautiful, tormented soul, who now has passed. Unfortunately, Amy became the poster child of addiction and, as we are learning mental illness, which are called dual diagnosis. It is also unfortunate that many posters here misunderstand the complexities in treating these conditions and want to simplify it to “just say no” when the brain cannot. If only it were that easy. Combine alcohol and drug addiction with bi-polar, cutting,an eating disorder (bulemia) depression and other mental disorders I have read she suffered from with whatever stressors she suffered from that we don’t know about.

    Amy’s death is sad and related to her disease; there can be no doubt about that. But what is perhaps more sad is the harsh judgment I have read in some of these posts.

  214. Jen D says:

    I’m saddened because I’ll never hear a new Amy Winehouse song. I truly enjoyed her music and voice. I never knew her personally, so I can’t really mourn her in that way. I don’t feel even near the same sadness as I do when someone I know personally dies. However, from reading this site and a few others I can see that quite a few people related to her struggles and found inspiration in her. Is that really anyone else’s business?

    To the people who are getting annoyed by all this – it’s just going to keep going in these next couple of days. I get that it can be grating for you, so don’t punish yourself by reading the comments section. Be honest with yourselves – you’re just looking for a reason to get pissed off.

  215. Kimbob says:

    A kindred soul. I agree w/most bloggers…while not unexpected, I was shocked, nonetheless when I read the headlines. Yes, it is so very hard to overcome addictions. When I was her age, I was about as bad as she was. At that age, it is so hard to overcome. If she could have survived to somewhere in her thirties, she could’ve really had a chance to actually “see” what she was doing.

    I am terribly saddened. I always was rooting for her. I really hope she now finally has the peace of mind she was searching for in this mess of a world, but couldn’t find. I think she’s probably now at peace…I truly hope.

  216. mimi says:

    While its true that addicts choose to take that first hit,toke,drink whatever…they *don’t* choose addiction. They *don’t* choose death. Unless you’ve been in the grips of a hellish addiction, you cannot judge. And I believe each addiction is unique. If it were just a matter of choice, there woundn’t be so many dead souls. And just because a person makes a horrible choice to use drugs, it doesn’t warrant the death penalty. Rapists,murderers and child molesters get to live…but addicts don’t???

  217. DemoCat says:

    Although this was entirely expected (sad to say), I find myself really disturbed and saddened by this. I LOATHE drugs and alcohol and pity those who get sucked in by them. I hate to say this was inevitable, as Amy was so talented and I hoped she’d get it together. RIP to a very great artist.

  218. GeekChic says:

    This is certainly sad news, although I guess I’m having a hard time getting too upset considering what just happened in Norway. A talented woman succumbing to her addictions versus the mass murder of a bunch of kids… I’m not trying to be hard or mean, as I do feel for her friends and family and it is certainly a loss for the music world. Just what happened in Norway is so unbelievably brutal that I’m sort of in shock, you know?

  219. Madam U says:

    @Nat I don’t get why you said that. I just expressed sorrow, shared my own pain and opinion. where am I being prim and proper. unbelievable. My heart goes out to addicts, they are in their own private hell and no one knows what they’re going through but another addict. Sheesh judgy much

  220. @GossipOwl – I’ve really appreciated reading your posts. Thank you for your contributions.

    I must admit, I can empathize with the anger/outrage over what many consider to be the inevitable death of a junkie. Truth be told, if Amy was a close friend or relative, I wouldn’t be feeling sad and nostalgic, I’d be very angry and confused. (Moreso angry.) But to mitigate her impact by contrasting her death to the Massacre in Norway is asinine.

    True, Amy was no role model. She wasn’t going to win a Nobel Prize anytime soon, and she sure as shit wasn’t going to cure cancer. She was a severely depressed woman who self-medicated with drugs and alcohol. She led a frustratingly destructive life with little or no regard to her mental health and wellbeing. It’s a sad place to be, but nothing new or special.

    But she had such a beautiful Voice, such a sad and complicated perspective. . . and she was able to convey her Voice in such a captivating, emotional way. Haunting, really. She was a gifted Artist who was able to communicate complex human emotions in a very relatable way. (And in a world full of autotuned crap – my god!, could she ever sing!)

    People identify with that Voice. That’s why she was loved. That’s why she is mourned.

    Perhaps it’s not as noble to grieve over a junkie than, say, the 93 dead in Oslo. Or the woman and children being raped and killed in Darfur. Or the 13-year-old girls taken into protective services after their caretaker prostituted them out to perverts for crystal meth the next town over. But you know what? I’m ok with that. My grief over a woman I’ve never met (but who’s words have impacted me greatly) is completely sincere. As are my condolences to her family and loved ones.

    Rest In Peace, Amy.

  221. jello says:

    Amy gave us great songs. And that voice. There is no separating the voice from her particular knowledge of pain and struggle. So to find out that the voice is gone, and that there will be no more songs is terribly sad, especially when she was so young. She was killed by a disease, (yes I’m using that word) that finally got the better of her. This disease provokes strong reactions in people because it is so misunderstood and so incredibly difficult to beat and frustrating. Some people make it out, some people don’t . If you did…seriously, congratulations. But this doesn’t make you a better person than someone who didn’t. And if you’ve never been addicted…you too, are not a finer human than someone who isn’t. What killed her is one of reasons her death affects people. All of us struggle. All of us like to believe that with enough determination and will power happiness can be right around the corner. So when someone doesn’t make it…someone who had talent, money, fame, etc…all the trappings we’re told to go after…it feels terrible to some people. If it doesn’t feel terrible to you fine, but I suspect it does for anybody reading these posts today. I’m sorry she didn’t make it. I truly am. Even though I didn’t know her. It’s terribly sad to be reminded that not all of us do. .

  222. original kate says:

    so sad. deep down i hoped that amy would get it together and come back strong and fierce. “frank” is an amazing album, and i have been listening to it this morning. such a waste of talent.

  223. SolitaryAngel says:

    WHY couldn’t it have been the Blohan?! Life ain’t fair that’s why.

    I wish someone had loved Amy enough to help her kick the drugs..I think that’s why this happened–I think she WAS getting better, but then she was being pushed to perform and she couldn’t handle it. Such a sad sad day. I hate her fucking parents—WHERE WERE THEY?

  224. Ruby7 says:

    @OriginalGracie – thank you.

  225. Katherine says:

    I find it quite amazing that there is an outpouring of sympathy and understanding for Amy and yet rather vicious and cold hearted attitudes toward Lindsay Lohan.

    Perhaps I am wrong but there seemed to be no indication of a mental illness with Amy but there have been plenty of signs that Lohan may very well be self-medicating some form of bi-polar or serious depressive disorders.

    I can be sympathetic of both. More so if there is a mental disorder. We are not privy to the medical and mental health records Lohan’s judge is privy to so there may well be a reason why she has addressed Lohan’s issues as she has.

    Lohan is/was a talented actor just beginning. The idea that she is somehow talentless seems a rather mindless aspersion. While I loved Amy’s singing not everyone was enamored of it – some even feeling it was more mimicking of other great singers like Dinah Washington rather than her own true voice.

    Still it is all such a waste and shame.

  226. Lee says:

    What a tragedy and waste. We will never know how many more songs she would have sung….Rest In Peace Baby….you deserve it.

  227. Jaye E says:

    @solitaryangel…her parents tried and TRIED to help her, but when someone is in the throes of addiction they are sometimes beyond help.

    And while I am no Lindsay Lohan fan, I find people wishing she were the one who was dead instead of Amy Winehouse is repugnant. It’s beyond “bitchy”.

  228. Nat says:

    @Madam U:…
    I quote: “@Shy I get your anger at watching your loved one self destruct, but your timing of your comments are at an inapproriate time. These people are grieving for Amy let’s give them that respect”

    Your words not mine, and you basically just chastised anyone that had anything to say other than respectful condolences. Soooo… yeah, I’m the judgy one.

  229. DethHammer says:

    Why can’t we be sad for both Amy AND the 93 killed in Oslo??

    Amy’s father Mitch, mother Janis, and brother Alex made this statement:

    “Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. She leaves a gaping hole in our lives,” the Winehouse family tells Us Weekly in a statement. “We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time.”

    Janis believed her daughter’s death had been “only a matter of time” when they met just 24 hours earlier. “She seemed out of it,” Janis said. “But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me.”

    When their visit was over, Winehouse said: “I love you, mum.”

    “They are the words I will always treasure,” Janis now says. “I’m glad I saw her when I did.”

    http://www.usmagazine.com/celebritynews/news/family-amy-winehouses-death-leaves-a-gaping-hole-in-our-lives-2011247

  230. Shy says:

    …And today there is a story on Radar how Lindsay Lohan got so drunk that she barely could walk… Seriously – in few months or next year we will have here another memorial for Lohan. What was that judge thinking when she let her go. She basically killed her. Only 12 months at prison would teach Lohan something.

    At least that judge should have put on her that SCRAM bracelet and weekly drug tests for a year. That’s the only time when Lohan is sober. But now here we are. Just last week judge told her to stop partying and she sad eff you to judge and is off the leash again…

    Nothing could save Amy Winehouse and nothing will save Lohan. You can’t help a person when they don’t want too.

  231. Shy says:

    And really those pictures of normal Amy in the article – that was not the person that died yesterday. That person “died” years ago. Yesterday died walking zombie. Just look at those videos from her last concerts. THAT person died.

    Just like with Corey Haim. When they showed his pictures when he was young and normal and adorable you wanted to cry. But then they show his wasted pictures with using-drugs-face and there is no sorry for him at all.

  232. Madam U says:

    @Nat I didn’t realize you were her lawyer. oops my bad. Interesting that @Shy didn’t take offense but you did. Out of all my comments that’s what you read into. It’s so damn hot hear in NY I wish I was high on your pedestal, I could use the breeze.

  233. Chris says:

    “So there is not equal torment in Average Joe and Average Jane simply because they do not produce “creative works”?? Should we not equally grieve those who also die from addiction and their own brand of personal torment, simply because their names and/or work were not known to the world?”

    August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. You can spare a thought or light a candle for Amy and everyone else who has died from a drug overdose then if you wish. A lot of drug and alcohol agencies usually have events to mark the day as well.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Finn29/Overdose_Awareness_Day

  234. Madam U says:

    @Shy as I said before I get you. I understand what you are talking about. If my earlier comment offended you, then I truly am sorry. Because Amy just died I wanted to say RIP, but believe me I was waiting for the next thread to voice my anger at the harm addicts do to their loved ones and themselves.

  235. Seal Team 6 says:

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I have enough sympathy and enough empathy and compassion to feel sadness at the loss of more than one person, including people I know and total strangers. Just as I can love more than one person in my life, and how I can care about more than one political issue.

    Some posters need to understand that many of us have addicts we love, and addicts we’ve been victims of, oftentimes the same person. It’s why Amy’s death can sadden us, and why Lindsay’s sociopathic lack of remorse maddens us. We don’t live life in a vacuum, thank goodness.

    Fair winds and following seas to Amy Winehouse, all the victims in the Norwegian tragedy, and to an old student of mine who died this week from breast cancer at the age of 23, leaving behind grieving family, friends, and a fiance.

  236. Seal Team 6 says:

    Actually, Shy, the recent photos of Amy Winehouse make me feel nothing but sadness and loss and compassion for both her and the people who loved her. I know what it’s like to see someone you love more than your own life turn into a walking corpse, and being unable to stop it.

  237. nanster says:

    Loved her music…RIP, Amy.

  238. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    There are over six billion people in the world, we can’t know them all by name and have their biographies etched into our memories. Is it better to withhold sympathy out of ignorance or spite? Is anyone on this thread truly engaging in post-mortem hagiography? Do stupid people need to be taught the difference between one and and almost one hundred? I don’t believe they do, and I don’t think any of the people who posted condolences here need to be put on the right path by benevolent castigaters. I don’t mean to sound flip, still, we know she was fatally flawed, as are a lot of legendary musicians who are all but worshipped for dying the same way and frequently the same age. People here have seemed to know their minds and hearts, and as horrible as the events in Norway have been, what does ridiculing one internet thread do to help? Shaming people here does not bring a single soul back to life and all told, it’s all just words on the internet which frequently do nothing for everyone. There’s no prize for best mourning from an armchair. Everyone here and everyone I know seemed to be aware of the horrible act of crazed terrorism that brutalized the nation, and the huge tome-length manifesto that preceded it, being posted only hours before the grisly act was placed online for all to see. How does any of us sniping at each other about who’s supposed to be dead or who and how people are supposed to mourn actually ‘fix’ Oslo, ‘cure’ Somalia? So why are we fighting, especially over our own inertia? I don’t understand us…

  239. Lacey says:

    @dovesgate: I only responded to the question YOU posted. You do not have to agree with my opinion, that is perfectly fine and I am not offended.

    I did, in fact read your entire post and wouldn’t have commented without having read the whole thing. I also know the meaning of the word “pity”, not sure why you needed to include that? Anyway, I think we both agree that it is a tragic loss whenever anyone dies needlessly. Like you, I hope that someone somewhere will see this as a wake up call…even if it is one person.

  240. mags says:

    if you aren’t actually a drug/alcohol addict you don’t know. so all those people saying “it’s preventable” “i have no sympathy because my [insert family member here] was an addict” you don’t get it. you don’t know what it’s like. and just like some cancer (lung, liver, etc) are results of a combination of live choices and genetics…same thing babe.
    rant over.

  241. Gossip Owl says:

    @Shy You may be right that yesterday Amy’s body quit functioning and her soul died years ago. I was reading an article about how she became a shell of a person after Blake left her and even more so when he had a child with someone else. Reports are saying Blake was put on suicide watch after they told him the news. It’s sad, I’ve met many co-dependent drug addicts like that. The sad thing is, it’s never love it’s just another addiction to the person. Hopefully Blake will see it as a wakeup call to stay clean and be a father to his son, but more often than not the other party is never too far behind the deceased.

  242. Flan says:

    @Kasper: I never said mutually exclusive, learn to read first.

    And yes, I feel sorry for her and her real fans (aka people who cared about her before this happened). But I find the death of a lot of younsters in that way a lot more shocking and worthy of attention.

  243. Nat says:

    @madam u

    LOL literally everything you are saying can be directly applied back to your comments, and more so considering you were judgy and high on your pedestal FIRST by condemning folks for having an opinion other than pious grief. Listen to your own words.

    Also, I wasn’t offended by what you said, just disagreed with it and expressed my opinion about that… pretty sure that’s what the comments section is for, so relax… or is it too hot to do that “hear in NY”?

    I guess everyone has a different tolerance for things like this. Both of my parents have been alcoholics and drug addicts for their entire lives. Even if they never touched the stuff again, they would and will always be addicts. I don’t do drugs, and I make a conscious effort to drink only in moderation, all because I never want to end up a train wreck like what I saw growing up. People that wax poetic about how difficult it is and how nobody will ever understand, etc… get a clue and a reality check. If you’re choosing drugs and alcohol over your family and life, then I actively think you are an *sshole and I have no sympathy (for you) if you die, only anger and sadness for the family members and loved ones forever hurt by your selfish behavior.

  244. L says:

    Frankly I don’t get the competitive tragedy scolds. We can grieve for and give plenty of attention to more than one sadness at a time. As human beings we have to.

    The world is full of sad/horrible/tragic stories. Even if a person personally believes that X or Y is more deserving of media attention-you’ll find a number of people stating that A or B should be the focus. (e.g. I saw one facebook post arguing that bombs falling on massive groups of people in Sudan are more important than the story in Norway)

    To argue for one sadness trumps another is a wasted exercise to me personally. But that’s just me.

  245. Debbie says:

    Who really cares once a druggie always a druggie

    These kind of people will never learn

  246. Debbie says:

    Who really cares once a druggie always a druggie

    These kind of people will never learn anyway far more innocent people die everyday Just look at the tragic events in Norway

  247. Addie says:

    Absolutly devostating news!

    Back to black is my 3rd fav song of all time.
    Amy brought back the age of great jazzy/bluesy music that talents like Adele,Corinne Bailey Rae, Alice Smith and Duffy have mastered as well

    Well at least Amy is at rest now after a very troubling life fighting off her demons.

  248. Jen D says:

    I hope it’s okay to post a link to another site, but Jezebel has a great article on the whole “We shouldn’t grieve for Amy Winehouse because of Norway” attitude:

    http://jezebel.com/5824172/on-caring-about-more-than-one-thing-at-once

  249. eternalcanadian says:

    I wonder if today’s youth & Amy’s fans will learn anything from Amy’s early trip to the great beyond? What bothered me is the attention that even CNN paid to this news, sometimes overshadowing the horrible tragedies in Norway and the famine in Africa. It’s a sorry state of society when celebrities garner more attention by readers and the media than what’s going on in the world. :|

  250. Madison says:

    My heart breaks for all those innocently killed in the Norway attacks by that evil mad man, may they rest in peace. My heart breaks for all the refugees in Somalia walking for days in the hopes of finding food and water for their families and the chance to live another day but Amy Winehouse wasted her talent and destroyed her own life with her addiction to drugs and alcohol, she didn’t care if she lived or died and neither do I.

  251. eternalcanadian says:

    @Madison: I agree what you said. I myself am guilty coming here to read about celebrities and snarking at them ala “escapism can be smart” but when I see hardcore news shows like CBC, CNN, BBC spending more time on Amy than Norway or Africa it just makes me wonder why. That’s all. :)

  252. May says:

    I LOVE YOU AMY, RIP

    I was so sad when I heard the news :(

  253. Chris says:

    @Madison: Most people were appalled by what happened in Norway.
    Yet we can hear about 60 people being blown up in Iraq and we collectively shrug our shoulders.

  254. DanMor says:

    One of the best female singers I’ve ever heard. Her music was so her. Her style was her! Rest in peace

  255. Suzie says:

    The problem music stars have is an excess of cash, as drugs cost big bucks! Plus they can afford to buy the “best quality” stuff, so they do. As soon as the drink and drugs starts controlling them they make BIG errors of judgement. Then it’s next onto a big remorse trip I guess. Then escapism from remorse with more drugs ‘n booze. And so the downward spiral… That’s my guess what probably happened.

  256. Felicia says:

    I am in deep sadness and sorrow with Amy Winehouse death. I admire and adore her so much she’s a true talent singer/songwriter. Her songs is a pure genius and her heart and soul is so genuine.
    Her songs best describes my journey of life.
    I cried and pray for her.
    I have through like what her situations is few years ago and battle with binge drink and suicidal and try to take away my life like at her age but for a reason it failed (I guess it’s not meant for me to pass away) for the life that’s been cruel and harsh to me. I survive by clinging to hopes, God and remember family and friends that love me and that life’s what you make it.
    I wish she get through her moment of doomed misery by get a help so much never give up hope and remembering her loving fans and family who love her dearly and the great inspiration she have nurtured to the world instead of end up like this.
    I wish so much if time can turn back, if only she get help so much … if only.
    Amy Winehouse your legacy will live on unsinkable.

  257. blondie says:

    I always wanted to think that she’d pull out of her addictions and be the star to shake off all these crappy “artists” we have today, but I was wrong and the 27 club has a new member. Hopefully her, Kurt, Janis, Jimi, and Jim are all making great music together.

    RIP Amy

  258. Venefica Delirium says:

    I saw pictures of her a few months ago, and she was starting to look like she was back on the right path. She had put on weight and her skin was looking much fresher. She had a healthy glow.

    So, I was shocked at her passing and I felt sad over it. While I am a metal fan, I always thought she had a beautiful voice that was so sophisticated and unique to her contemporaries. She seemed to have inspired a jazz revival with many popular singers. Her influence was undeniable, but she was the one and only.

    I hope there is a heaven, and I hope she finds the happiness in her afterlife that she didn’t have here.

  259. allourblogs says:

    Hey, please read my thoughts about Amy Winehouse and some of the other great artists who have died at too young an age. Please leave your comments: http://allourblogsblogs.blogspot.com/2011/08/modern-day-gladiators.html