Saturday, July 23, 2011

Report: Amy Winehouse found dead in London home

Powerhouse singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her London home, as reported by Sky News, The Daily Mirror and The Huffington Post. The star died of a "suspected drug overdose," after having battled drug and alcohol addictions for years and checking in and out of rehab, her latest stint in May.

Winehouse had recently pulled out of a string of upcoming performances after appearing frazzled during a performance in Serbia in June. She was 27-years-old.

Winehouse is best known for her Top Ten single "Rehab" from her Grammy-winning album Back to Black.

UPDATE #1: The Metropolitan Police have released a statement (via The Daily Mail) surrounding the incident, not identifying the singer by name: "Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. ...On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene."

Police define the cause of death as "unexplained."

UPDATE #2: The Metropolitan Police have since confirmed (via TMZ) that the deceased woman found in the London apartment is Amy Winehouse.

UPDATE #3: Sky News has confirmed that Winehouse died of a drug overdose.

UPDATE #4: Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, had been on his way to a jazz festival in the U.S. at the time of her death. He is now, reportedly, on his way back to London.

UPDATE #5: Scotland Yard (via Radar Online) reports that an autopsy will be performed on Sunday.

UPDATE #6: The Sunday Mirror will report tomorrow that Winehouse's cause of death had been a mixture of alcohol and ecstasy.

UPDATE #7: Amy Winehouse now joins the infamous 27 Club, a group of rock stars with immense talent that have passed away at age 27. The group includes Kurt Cobain (of Nirvana), Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison (of The Doors).

UPDATE #8: The LA Times reports that London police had deemed Winehouse's autopsy  "inconclusive." It is also noted by the police that no drugs or alcohol had been found at Winehouse's residence at the time of her death.

UPDATE #9: A funeral for Winehouse is being scheduled for either Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Jewish tradition.

UPDATE #10: Police report that the results of the toxicology tests will be available within two to four weeks.

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