Troubled singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her home this weekend; a death caused by a binge of ecstasy and alcohol sources say.
The death caps the end to a short life and even shorter career.
While the official cause is not declared yet, Winehouse, publically battled with drugs and alcohol, and police reports indicate she fought her final battle.
"Police were called by London Ambulance Service shortly before 4.05pm following reports of a woman found deceased. Officers found a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene," a spokesman for Scotland Yard told UK's Mirror. "This looks like she has died after a drink and drugs binge."
Sources also told the Mirror that she died from a "bad" ecstasy pill combined with huge amounts of alcohol and the fact she suffered from emphysema.
IBTimes could not verify this.
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman told the paper that crews arrived in under five minutes but "sadly the patient had died."
There were no signs of foul play, police said, and nothing suspicious about the death. Official details will not be known until the postmortem examine emerges sometime early this week.
Just A Matter of Time
The "Rehab" singer's problems with substance abuse were well-documented.
"They tried to make me go to rehab," she sang on her hit 2006 single, "Rehab." "I said 'No, no no."'
Winehouse's performances were sometimes shambolic, and she admitted she was "a terrible drunk."
Winehouse had earlier cancelled a European tour following a disastrous performance in June, when she stumbled all over a stage in Belgrade The concert was so bad, it triggered a viral-video outpouring.
Her spokesman released a statement shortly afterward, saying the singer would be sidelined until she recovered.
"Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best, and she will be given as long as it takes to make this happen," the statement read.
Her life style and drug abuse was also taking a toll on her physical health.
In 2010 her father said she had developed the lung disease emphysema from smoking cigarettes and crack, though her spokeswoman said she only had "early signs of what could lead to emphysema."
Photos have also emerged of her appearing unhealthily thin, with scabs on her face and marks on her arms.
Winehouse's mother, Janis Winehouse, told The Daily Mirror Sunday she believed Amy's death was "only a matter of time" after seeing her just a day prior to her death.
"She seemed out of it. But her passing so suddenly still hasn't hit me."
She said Amy told her she loved her as they parted company on Friday, saying, "They are the words I will always treasure ... I'm glad I saw her when I did."
Stars Pour out Condolences
Despite the young singer's public struggle with drugs and alcohol, Winehouse's death has shocked her fans and the celebrity community, prompting an outpouring of condolences on Twitter.
"Dear God have mercy!!! I am SICK about this right now! #DearAmy," tweeted U.S. pop-star Rihanna.
Tony Bennett, who recorded "Body And Soul" with Winehouse in London called her "an artist of immense proportions."
"She was an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist and I am truly devastated that her exceptional talent has come to such an early end," he said.
Her broad appeal was evident as condolences poured from not only from fans and others in the music industry, but across Hollywood in general.
"Just heard a report amy winehouse has died. If true, such a waste of a great talent," said CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"Truly sad news about Amy Winehouse. My heart goes out to her family. May her troubled soul find peace," added Demi Moore.
Late Sunday her family also opened up, sending an official note to the press.
"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."
Emergency officials found the body of the 27 year old in her north London property around 3:54 p.m.
Winehouse, who is known for her powerful contralto vocals, won much acclamation when she was 20 with her 2003 debut album, Frank. However, it wasn't until 2006, when she released the album Back to Black that she got worldwide fame, winning five Grammy Awards.
In some cases a musicians' posthumous fame has surpassed the success they enjoyed in their career.
Michael Jackson's estate is estimated to have generated more than $310 million from album sales and spin-offs since the pop-start died in 2009.
Following Winehouse's death a surge in sales of her music was reported by iTunes. Her acclaimed second album Back to Black re-entering the charts almost five years after its release. it to No.59 in the few hours between the singer's death and the sales being counted
"Already the popularity of Amy's music with the British public is being demonstrated," said Official Charts Company director Martin Talbot. "Sales of her albums rocketing by 37 times over the past 24 hours, according to Official Charts Company data."
"While Amy has already had an impact on the Official Charts, we would expect an even bigger impact to roll through over the coming days.
"Such a demonstration of her popularity is the best tribute the British public can pay to this extraordinary British talent."
Winehouse had also spent the past two years working sporadically on a third album. Sources said that the songs were at demo stage but there was "a lot of material" available, suggesting that an album could be released later.
Winehouse is survived by her parents and an older brother, Alex. Her father, Mitch, who released a jazz album of his own, was in New York when he heard the news of her death and immediately flew back.