On July 23 Amy Winehouse passed away…

On July 23, 2011 Amy Winehouse passed away due to alcohol poisoning.

Known for her deep soulful vocals, Winehouse was often a symbol of rebellious youth, from excessive drug and alcohol use, as well as being a fixture in the tabloids for her daily exploits (e.g. punching a fan in the face in 2006 for insulting her husband). Even though she was often known for her wild antics, Winehouse was deeply involved in various charities involving children, an aspect of her life that was often kept hidden. She was involved with charities that dealt with anti-slavery, children’s medical research, various cancer charities, UNICEF, as well as the Red Cross.

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Amy Winehouse
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Winehouse suffered from manic depression, which led her to turn to drugs and alcohol as a source of comfort, and following the 2006 death of her grandmother (an individual who was a stable force in her life), lead Winehouse to further down the world of drug and alcohol abuse. With some medical help, Winehouse began channeling her energy into writing music, leaning off drugs and alcohol, and in doing so, released her highly acclaimed 2006 album, “Back to Back.” The album won Winehouse five Grammy Awards in 2008, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.

Amy Winehouse singing one of her signature hits, “Rehab”:

After cutting ties with drugs, Winehouse began abusing alcohol in 2008. In 2011, she began binge drinking, leading to her death as a result of accidental alcohol poisoning, in which her alcohol level was a .416%. One of  Winehouse’s last musical ventures was supporting her goddaugther, Dionne Bromfield, establish a musical career. Winehouse would often accompany Bromfield during her performances, performing backup for her. At the time of her death, she was 27, joining the infamous “27 club.”

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