R.I.P. Amy Winehouse

Very saddened by the announcement of the death of Amy Winehouse at her London home. Reports say Police were called in to her apartment and Amy was pronounced death the scene.

Amy has been struggling with addiction problems recently and passed away at the young age of 27.

Amy Winehouse was born in north London to Jewish parents. Her father, Mitchell “Mitch” Winehouse, was a taxi driver and her mother, Janis Winehouse, was a pharmacist. She had an older brother, Alex.

Many of her uncles on the mother’s side of her family were professional jazz musicians. Her father Mitch often sang Frank Sinatra songs to young Amy. And she would later name her first album “Frank” in tribute to her musical inspiration Sinatra. The album was released in 2003 when Amy was 19 years old.

While her debut album was a success in her native U.K., Amy rose to worldwide fame with her 2006 album “Back to Black” and the song “Rehab.”

+ Read the New York Times story

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