British singer Amy Winehouse has followed a number of rock'n'roll musicians in her death at a young age of 27.
Winehouse joined the so-called 27 Club, when she was found dead in her London flat on Saturday. Police have not identified the cause of her death, saying at this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.
Members of the tragic 27 Club, the name for a number of influential rock music artists who died at 27, include Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison of the Doors, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and the incomparable Jimi Hendrix.
The 27 year old's death came about two months after she was released from a rehabilitation program. But weeks after the program, she had a terrible performance in Belgrade where her Serbia fans booed her because they thought she was drunk. Winehouse couldn't finish her songs and mumbled most of her performance leaving fans disappointed.
Her body was obviously deteriorating.
On one hand, she was one of the world's most talented and compelling singer and songwriters. She swept away five Grammy Awards, sold more than five million albums, and led some fellow artists, like George Michael, to call her the best female vocalist in the world.
And she was, in the rare few times the world got to see her sober enough to give it her best.
On the other hand, Winehouse was heart-breakingly ravaged by alcohol and drug addiction, depression and eating disorders.
In 2007 Winehouse had attempted suicide. During a summer in which she had battled addiction to alcohol, crack, and heroin, Winehouse was seen in public that year with bandages covering her arms. She had blood-soaked shoes, and a gashed knee.
Guests at the Sanderson hotel in London had reported hearing the sound of furniture clanging and screaming from her hotel room. Winehouse sent text messages to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton explaining that she had been trying to cut herself.
I lost it, she reportedly said, claiming her husband, Blake, saved her life.
There would be other close calls for Winehouse. Overdose. Suicide attempts. Suicide threats. In rehab. Out of rehab. She was, by her own admission, a manic depressive. She was also, by her own admission, addicted to self-inflicted pain.
We are yet to know what finally took her down, but whatever it may be, her short life was overshadowed by drug and alcohol.