The death of Amy Winehouse at age 27 caused an immediate outpouring of grief and love from the singer’s fans and from many celebrities, including Russell Brand and Lady Gaga just to name a few.
Brand, the 36-year-old “Arthur” star who also openly battled addictions of his own during his career, took to his blog and composed a heartfelt message to the late singer:
From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened. Winehouse. Winehouse? Winehouse!… She wasn’t just some hapless wannabe, yet another [expletive] up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes. She was a [expletive] genius.
Lady Gaga, who previously credited Winehouse with “opening the door for artists who dared to be different,” posted the following message on Twitter:
“Amy changed pop music forever, I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she lived the blues.”
While Amy’s official cause of death is still unknown, it was believed the Grammy-winning singer died from a drug overdose, after battling with drugs, alcohol, eating disorders and severe depression for much of her short life.
Winehouse is survived by her father, mother, and older brother, Alex.
via Washington Post