The Long, Sad Decline of Amy Winehouse
The death of Amy Winehouse in her London flat on July 23rd of causes yet unknown has set the cyberworld buzzing. While the London Police labelled her death as "unexplained", most pundits assume that the 27 year old singer succumbed to a lethal drug overdose. An autopsy and toxicological screen are scheduled to be done in the next couple days to determine the exact cause of the young woman's death.
According to sources cited in Britain's Daily Mail, Amy Winehouse was seen Friday evening near her home in Camden buying drugs from a well-known local dealer. The source claims that Winehouse purchased substances which included cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, and ketamine. Those drugs, in combination with copious amounts of alcohol, may well turn out to be the cause of this talented young artist's death.
We sit here, shocked, yet shaking our heads, that yes, we saw it coming. Even Janis Winehouse, Amy's mother, is quoted as saying that she believed that it would only be "a matter of time" before her daughter succumbed to the addiction that seemed to grip her. Janis Winehouse also told the British tabloid Sunday Mirror that Amy "seemed out of it. But her passing so suddenly still hasn't hit me."
Among the myriad of tributes pouring in to celebrate the young singer's musical legacy, are tales of broken hearted friends, like comedian Russell Brand, Kelly Osbourne, and producer Mark Ronson. Each of these people describe their love of their deceased friend, and their struggle to help her overcome her years long addiction to drugs and alcohol. Despite numerous stints in rehab clinics and hospitals, Amy Winehouse always seemed to revert back to the drugs which so clearly had a hold on her. After a reported breakup with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Reg Traviss, Winehouse checked herself in the Priory rehabilitation clinic just last month.Continued on the next page