Drugs Fear as Amy Found Dead; Tributes Pour in after Troubled Winehouse Dies at 27 after Years of Battling Demons

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Drugs Fear as Amy Found Dead; Tributes Pour in after Troubled Winehouse Dies at 27 after Years of Battling Demons


Byline: JON HARRY

ROCK'S GRIM 27 CLUB CLAIMS ANOTHER MEMBER AMY Winehouse's early death is a story of a tragic wasted talent.

Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27, choking on his own vomit after mixing wine with sleeping pills. probable heroin overdose, just 16 days after Hendrix's death.

Her premature passing, at just 27, means she joins a list of other musical greats that died at that age, known in popular mythology as the "27 Club". And a generation later, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died at the same fateful age when he was found dead on April 5, 1994, having killed himself with a shotgun. Like the early rock deaths before him, his legacy would live on through his music alone.

Hellraising singer Janis Joplin also joined the ranks of rock's early deaths after tragically passing at 27 from a Electric guitar legend Two more '60s icons - Rolling Stones member Brian Jones and Doors frontman Jim Morrison - died without making their 28th birthdays, from drowning and heart failure respectively.

TRIBUTES poured in from across the world of showbusiness last night after singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her flat.

Sources said initial signs suggested her death could be related to drink or drugs.

The 27-year-old was discovered at the property in Camden, north London, by emergency services just before 4pm. She had been troubled by drink and drugs problems throughout her career.

The troubled Back To Black artist cancelled all tour dates and engagements last month after a series of erratic public appearances.

On Wednesday night, she joined her goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield, on stage at The Roundhouse in Camden.

Winehouse danced with Bromfield - who carried on with a planned appearance at Pontypridd's Big Weekend last night to a rapturous reception from the sympathetic crowd - and encouraged the audience to buy her album.

London Ambulance Service said it was called to Winehouse's home in Camden Square at 3.54pm.

Two ambulance crews arrived at the scene within five minutes and a cycle responder also attended, according to a spokeswoman. "Sadly the patient had died," she added.

A section of the road where the singer lived remained cordoned off last night.

Journalists, local residents and fans gathered at the police tapes.

Forensic officers were seen going in and out of the building.

Fans began to lay flowers at the edge of the police cordon.

Jann Meyer, 33, who lives near by, said he saw Winehouse around quite often.

"It's not really a shock, it was to be expected sooner or later. She was 27, and all good rock stars go at 27. She was very talented, she was amazing."

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she saw the singer's grief-stricken boyfriend on the ground outside the house.

Two women then came "speeding" up in a black Mercedes and walked in and out of the house crying.

They said they believed the singer was at home on Friday night.

Ron Brand, who had known Winehouse for about three years, said: "It's a tragic loss. She was beautiful, talented of course, and gentle. I loved her."

Mr Brand, father of comedian Russell Brand, said he believed she was no longer on drugs. …

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