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The 27-year-old troubled British Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in North London today, according to The Metropolitan Police. The Black to Black crooner was most recently through a very public relapse of her drug and alcohol addiction and was forced to cancel her European tour dates after disastrous performances and bad publicity. She had earlier this week been attending her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield’s performance at the iTunes festival where she failed to join in for the song Mama Said but grabbed the mic, urging the crowd to buy her protegé’s album.
The London Ambulance Service was called to the flat this afternoon, shortly after 4PM, GMT but the arriving officers found Amy Winehouse dead at the scene. The police is treating her death as ‘unexplained’ according to the Daily Mail, a British newspaper and the circumstances are currently being investigated.
It is unknown whether the singer’s closest family have been informed of her death.
Amy Winehouse recently cancelled her European come-back tour after an embarrassing concert in Belgrade, Serbia where she staggered on stage and gave a incoherent performance that was cut short because of her state and the audience’s anger. She has battled addiction for years and had a stint in rehabilitation as late as May this year. Earlier today, Tim Gatt from Sky News tweeted that Winehouse was withdrawing from all scheduled performances until further notice, according to her manager. The statement seems ironic in the face of her death.
She first rose to stardom at age 20 with her debut album Frank, but it was the Black to Black album from 2006 that earned her worldwide acclaim and winning her five Grammy Awards.
Tim Gatt informs that Amy Winehouse’s father now knows of her death. Her father Mitch was on his way to a Jazz Festival in New York but according to singer Michelle Gayle “Mitch does know. He’s arrived in New York…They are devastated.” In an interview in 2008, Winehouse’s mother Janis said she would be ‘unsurprised’ if her daughter died before her.
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