Amy Winehouse, the smoky-voiced British singer-songwriter, was found dead in her North London home on this day in 2011. She was just 27 years old.
The multi-award-winning chanteuse, famous for her best-selling albums Frank and Back to Black, was discovered unconscious and without a pulse in her Camden Square house at around 3pm. Emergency services and the police were called, but Winehouse was declared dead at the scene.
By the end of the day, as forensic scientists went to work in the building, fans and the media gathered in the street outside. Dozens of bouquets and candles were left on the railings at the end of the road as news of the singer’s death began to spread.
Winehouse had last been seen in public three days earlier, supporting her teenage soul singer god-daughter Dionne Bromfield at the Roundhouse in London. She had briefly joined Bromfield onstage.
She had had well-documented struggles with drink and drug addiction for the last few years of her life, and had spent time in rehab. She had also pulled out of a recent comeback tour after an erratic first performance in Serbia where she was booed offstage.
Tributes to Winehouse began to arrive from famous collaborators and friends. Mark Ronson (below, at her funeral), who produced the 2006 Grammy Award-winning Back to Black album, said in a statement: "She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me. This is one of the saddest days of my life."
A statement from her record company Universal said Winehouse was "a gifted musician, artist and performer", adding: "Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends and fans."
A coroner’s inquest would later record a verdict of misadventure, and noted that the singer had “potentially fatal levels" of alcohol in her blood. Her funeral service was held three days later; Winehouse was then cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.