Amy Winehouse is dead at 27 – the same age at which many other music icons died – Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Kobain, Brian Jones, & Robert Johnson (bluesman of immense influence considered the first member of the “27 Club”) who died in 1938, and other lesser known artists.
Amy Winehouse wrote a cornucopia of love songs, and covered certain others, including “To Know Him Is To Love Him.” She recorded an entire album of love songs dedicated to her then incarcerated husband, Blake Fielder-Civil.
Amy’s family has released the following statement: “Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. She leaves a gaping hole in our lives. We are coming together to remember her, and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time.”
The cause of death is unknown at this hour, but she was known to have an ongoing struggle with substance abuse.
Probably her most famous song is “Rehab” from the 2006 release “Back in Black.” Her much heralded debut album “Frank” was released in 2003; she had not released any albums since Back In Black, but was constantly writing and experimenting with songs. It’s almost inevitable we’ll see a posthumous release of her unpublished demos, songs, live versions of tunes, and so forth.