UK singer Amy Winehouse found dead in London

27-year-old Jewish singer found at her home in North London; police say her death is "being treated as unexplained."

By REUTERS
July 23, 2011 19:57
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Amy Winehouse311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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LONDON - Jewish-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, Sky News reported on Saturday.

Police said they had found the body of a 27-year-old woman at a flat in Camden Square, north London, after being called by ambulance services around 1500 GMT.

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"Inquiries continue into the circumstances of the death at this early stage. It is being treated as unexplained," a police spokesman said.

Sky News quoted police sources as saying they suspected the death was caused by a drugs overdose.

Winehouse's record label Universal confirmed her death.
"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, were around 20 onlookers had already gathered along with media photographers and camera crew.

Already speculations have begun over the cause of her death.
Winehouse's problems with drink and drugs have been well documented.



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" contained the line: "They tried to make me go to rehab. I said 'no, no, no'".

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