UPDATE: The autopsy conducted on the deceased body of R&B singer, Amy Winehouse, on Sunday, July 24, 2011, revealed that the controversial singer did not die of abusive drug use and there was no evidence of illegal drugs in her system. As of now, according to authorities, can only report that Winehouse died of unknown reasons.
On Saturday, July 23, 2011, Grammy-winning singer, Amy Winehouse, was found dead in her London home. Sky News Home Affairs correspondent Mark White reported that Winehouse “died of a drug overdose”. However, this seems to not be the only affliction the R&B singer suffered from as, in 2008, a spokesperson for Winehouse confirmed that she had “early signs of what could lead to emphysema.” An autopsy was performed on the singer’s body earlier today.
According to the Huffington Post, Winehouse is one of a “curiously high number of prominent artists to pass away at the age of 27.” Other artists who share this tragedy include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
“Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1,” read a statement by the London Metropolitan Police. “On arrival, officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Since having been treated for drug problems since late 2007 – which included admitted heroin use – Winehouse has suffered from her addiction for years and was recently entered back into rehabilitation in May. Earlier that day, Tim Gatt of Sky News tweeted Winehouse’s manager’s statement that canceled all over her upcoming performances. “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances,” read his statement. “Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.” However, Winehouse was never to return to the stage, her last surprise appearance on July 20 at the iTunes Festival and she was wobbly on her feet even then.
Though the world is still in shock at her sudden passing, Amy Winehouse’s mother, Janis Winehouse, believed that her death “seemed only a matter of time.” It sounds like a harsh thing to hear from a mother who had just seen her daughter alive the day before her death but for those who have been 100% in the loop about the singer’s medical condition, Janis’ conclusion is harsh but realistic. “She seemed out of it,” Janis told the Daily Mirror. “But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me.”
It is rumored that Winehouse’s death was specifically from a “bad ecstasy pill” but authorities have not yet released the results of the autopsy. One thing is for sure: no matter how successful one’s career appears to be, no one truly knows what’s going on behind closed doors.