Grammy award winner Amy Winehouse, who reached fame with her hit single REHAB, was found dead today in her London home. Scotland Yard has released that there were no signs of foul play and that an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow. Unconfirmed reports say that her father, who recently begged Winehouse to seek treatment, was on a flight from NYC and had not been made aware of his daughter’s passing before the rest of the world. (If this is true, my heart is broken for him.)
Winehouse has publicly battled drug and alcohol addiction problems since her career began. Reports of frequent failed treatment/rehab trips, domestic issues with her former spouse who also battled addiction, and problems during live performances have kept Winehouse in the news more than her accomplishments have. Recently she had entered a treatment facility after becoming incoherent on stage during a live performance. She left treatment after one week and shortly resumed her tour but ended up canceling it shortly thereafter.
As I checked the regular venues to see public reaction (Twitter and Facebook) I had expected to see an outpouring of jokes and puns made at the singers expense. Surprisingly, the major consensus have called this an avoidable tragedy and have spoken out against addiction. Fans and critics alike have taken to social networks to express their sorrow and condolences while also urging those who don’t understand addiction to “become educated” on the disease and asked others not to judge Winehouse for her choices nor blame her for her death. Celebrities such as Pink, Alyssa Milano, NAS, Boy George, Milla Jovovich, and countless news sources have taken to Twitter to express their sadness and well wishes.
Amy Winehouse was 27 years old.
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