Sept 14th 1983- July 23rd 2011
Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment Saturday afternoon. There's no word on the exact cause of death, but the 27-year-old singer had been struggling with drug and alcohol addiction for some time.
The daughter of , Mitch,and Janis, the British soul singer was born in London on Sept. 14, 1983. Winehouse formed rap group, Sweet 'n' Sour, at the age of 10. Three years later, she received her first guitar and began writing her own music.
Her then-boyfriend, sent her demo tape to an A&R executive. Impressed with her vocals, Simon Fuller's Management scooped her up in 2002. After signing a publishing deal with EMI, Winehouse released her debut album, Frank, on October 20, 2003. It was widely praised by critics and achieved platinum status.
In 2008 she was nominated at the Grammy Awards in the categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Rehab", while her album Back to Black was nominated for Album of the Year and won the Best Pop Vocal Album award.The singer also earned a Grammy in the Best New Artist category. This earned Winehouse an entry in the 2009 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Grammy Awards won by a British Female Act.
At 3:54 pm BST on 23 July 2011, two ambulances were called to Winehouse's home in Camden, London.Winehouse had been found by a member of her security team, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Shortly afterwards, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that she had died.A post mortem with inconclusive results was completed on 25 July, and no cause of death could be established. Results of further toxicology tests will take two to four weeks.A private funeral is planned for Today for friends and family.After her death was announced, media and camera crews appeared as crowds gathered near Winehouse’s residence to pay their respects. Forensic investigators entered the flat as police cordoned off the street outside.
Winehouse's record label, Universal Republic, released a statement that read in part: "We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer."