London – The music world has been paying tribute to singer Amy Winehouse, 27, who has been found dead at her London home. The “Back To Black” singer – whose meteoric rise to fame has been dogged by her well-documented struggles with drug addiction – was found by paramedics around 4 p.m. London time. The Brit and Grammy award-winner had struggled with drink and drug addiction and had recently spent time in rehab.
The London Ambulance Service was called to her home in north London just after 4:00pm local time but medics were unable to save her life, saying she was “beyond help,” Sky News reported.
According to the same source, Amy Winehouse died from a suspected drug overdose, Sky News reported, but at present police are treating her death as “unexplained”.
London cops are conducting an investigation. Inquiries continue as to the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained. There have been no arrests in connection with this incident,” Police Superintendent Raj Kohli told reporters outside her home. “I am aware of reports suggesting that the death was a result of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to re-emphasize that no postmortem examination has yet taken place and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death,” he added. An autopsy is expected to be conducted either Sunday or Monday.
Winehouse’s body was removed from her apartment late Saturday, where grieving fans gathered to leave tributes and flowers. “Everyone involved with Amy is shocked and devastated. Our thoughts are with her family and friends,” a spokesman for the singer said. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, a part-time singer himself, was en route back to London from New York Saturday, where he had traveled to perform at Manhattan’s Blue Note Jazz Club.
Her former producer Mark Ronson said: “She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me. This is one of the saddest days of my life.” News of her death has prompted tributes from other celebrity friends. TV presenter Kelly Osbourne tweeted: “I cant even breath right now I’m crying so hard I just lost 1 of my best friends. I love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!”.Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood announced he was to dedicate his Saturday night show on Absolute Radio to Winehouse. He said: “It’s a very sad loss of a very good friend I spent many great times with.”
Winehouse had last been seen publicly Wednesday at the iTunes festival in North London. She cancelled the European tour after being jeered at the show in Serbia, when she appeared too drunk to perform.
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