British singer Amy Winehouse, whose hit single "Rehab" became the anthem for troubled
celebrity culture, has been found dead at her home in north London, police said Saturday.
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Police found the body of a 27-year-old woman at a flat in Camden Square after being called by ambulance services around 1500 GMT.
They said they were treating the death as unexplained.
"Inquiries continue into the circumstances of the death at this early stage. It is being treated as unexplained," a police spokesman said.
Winehouse's record label Universal confirmed her death in a statement.
"We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer," the statement read. "Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends and fans at this difficult time."
Police had cordoned off the leafy street outside Winehouse's home in Camden, where around 20 onlookers had already gathered along with media photographers and camera crew.
The life of Amy Winehouse:
- Amy Winehouse was born on Sept. 14 1983 to a Jewish family with a history of jazz musicians.
- She was discovered by soul singer Tyler James at the age of 16 and in 2003 her debut album "Frank" was released, to general acclaim.
- Her second album "Back to Black" was released in October 2006 and reached the No.1 spot.
- The album's hit single "Rehab," with the prescient line: "They tried to make me go to rehab. I said 'no, no, no'" has been called the anthem of celebrity trash culture.
- In October 2007, she and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil were arrested at a Norwegian hotel for marijuana possession, and soon afterward fans booed her on stage as she slurred her way through her gigs.They divorced in 2009.
- Two months later she was photographed wandering barefoot on a London street, wearing only jeans and a bra and looking confused.
- Despite being refused entrance to the United States, Winehouse won five Grammy awards in February 2008.
- April 2008 saw her with mixed fortunes. She was nominated three times for the Ivor Novello awards in May and joined the elite ranks of music millionaires in the Sunday Times rich list with an estimated fortune of 10 million pounds ($16.3 million).
- In 2010, she pleaded guilty to common assault and public order charges at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court. Winehouse had assaulted theater manager Richard Pound after disrupting a performance of "Cinderella" at the Milton Keynes Theater in central England on Dec. 19. She was arrested four days later.
- In 2011, it was announced the on-again, off-again follow-up to Winehouse's seminal "Back to Black" album of 2006 could be on again. Recent sightings of her looking healthier
after a trip to Brazil in January 2011 did raise hopes of a new release in 2011.
- Also in 2011 she had been slated to sing with Tony Bennett and a laundry list of pop stars on "Tony Bennett: Duets II," the follow-up to his 2006 release "Duets: An American Classic."
- For Winehouse, who had released scant material since her 2006 breakout "Back to Black," the duet would have been her first recorded appearance since her cover of Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" for Quincy Jones' compilation "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra" in 2010.
- The British singer performed "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," a song from the 1934 film "Moulin Rouge" that has been covered most famously by Bennett, at one of her Brazil tour dates in January 2011.
- In June 2011, Winehouse cancelled all her scheduled concerts after she was jeered by fans in Serbia recently for a shambolic performance.
- Winehouse sporting her trademark beehive hairdo and figure-hugging dress, struggled to perform her songs and keep her balance at the gig in the Serbian capital Belgrade, and on some tunes the audience did most of the singing.
- The news was a major setback for the artist and her entourage. At the start of last month she had checked out of a rehab clinic and confidently looked forward to her upcoming tour.