Amy Winehouse Dead at 27 - Her Last Appearance, Last Song and Updated News
Britain's Sky News reported on Saturday that troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her apartment in Camden Square in North London. Police confirmed that they had been called to the flat by ambulance services around 11 a.m. EST.
"On arrival, officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene," according to a police statement.
In 2008, Amy Winehouse won Grammy awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She was widely believed to be one of the most promising new faces in modern music, bringing a strong, original and soulful presence to the stage and recordings at a very young age.
Unfortunately, she also underwent a constant battle with drugs and alcohol, and went quickly down hill once she reached the height of her fame. Winehouse recently fought a widely publicized battle with booze and crack, and had to cancel a slate of performances after being booed off stage in Serbia.
According to an A.P. story, the cause of death is as of yet unexplained.
Update: Amy's Funeral
According to Winehouse's family, they will hold a private funeral ceremony for Amy tomorrow. The time and location of that ceremony are not being released.
See tributes from fans, loved ones and musicians from around the world here.
Update: Autopsy Results 'Inconclusive,' Toxicology Reports Could Take 2-4 Weeks
According to a just-released AP report, The Metropolitan Police in London said a forensic post mortem “did not establish a formal cause of death and we await the results of further toxicology tests.”
Toxicology tests are expected to take two to four weeks.
Update: Amy's Last Night
We've got a roundup of what we know so far of Amy's last night here.
Update: Amy in Bed When She Died?
TMZ is reporting that Amy WInehouse was found dead in her bed by a security guard who was charged with keeping an eye out on her.
According to the gossip site, Winehouse friend and representative Chris Goodman said:
"She was in her bedroom after saying she wanted to sleep and when he went to wake her he found she wasn't breathing. He called the emergency services straight away. He was very shocked. At this stage no one knows how she died. She died alone in bed."
Update: Amy's Mother-in-Law Speaks Out
Blake Fielder-Civil's mother Georgette Civil expressed regrets in a new interview with the Mirror. Civil-Fielder is currently serving a prison sentence of 32 months for burglary and firearms charges.
“Things got in the way of them, like me and Mitch, and I feel terrible now. I think, looking back, the whole thing was handled very badly. He was protecting Amy and I was protecting Blake. But now I think they were worse apart than they ever were together. They seemed to enter a downward spiral. Blake ended up in prison, and Amy has ended up dying. Had we acted differently, would things be different today? That’s something I have to live with. There was too much fighting between the families. We could have worked harder together," said Civil.
“Mitch and I both believed we could have saved our own but we didn’t. I put pressure on Blake to divorce her, but both of them have spiralled out of control ever since. If you look at pictures of them while they were married and after they divorced, the sparkle is gone from both of them," she said.
Update: Winehouse Family's Statement
Amy's family released this statement today:
"Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece,"
"She leaves a gaping hole in our lives. We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time."
Update: Cause of Death
"I am aware of reports of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to re-emphasize that no post-mortem has yet taken place and it would be inapproporaite to speculate on the cause of death. The death of any person is a sad time of friends and family especially for someone known nationally and internationally like Amy Winehouse. My sympathy extends not only to her family but also to her millions of fans across the world."
Update: Amy's Label, Publicist Release Statements
Winehouse publicist Chris Goodman confirmed her death to CNN Saturday.
"Everyone who is involved with Amy is shocked and devastated," Goodman said. "Our thoughts are with her family and friends. The family will issue a statement when ready."
Universal, Winehouse's record label, released this statement:
"We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer. Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends and fans at this difficult time."
Update: Amy's Last Recording, Appearance
Rolling Stone reported that the last song she recorded was a cover of "It's My Party" for a Quincy Jones tribute album.
Check out the retrospectively heartbreaking song below:
Update: Amy's Last Appearance
Amy Winehouse's last onstage appearance, People is reporting, was three days ago at the iTunes Festival in support of her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield. In the video below, she's mainly dancing, clapping and urging the audience to support Bromfield. She does not appear to be on drugs.
Watch Amy Winehouse's now very eerie video for "Back to Black":