Amy Winehouse was found dead on Saturday at age 27, as friends claimed that the troubled soul singer was binging on ectstasy and alcohol.

The singer, who has been in headlines for years due to her addiction to drugs and alcohol is believed to have been found slumped in her north London home by her bodyguard, the Mirror reported.

Police said an ambulance arrived shortly after 4 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her corpse was transported covered in a body bag from the home later that day.

Police are not publicly speculating about how Winehouse died and said a post-mortem will not take place before Monday morning.

The singer's death at age 27 means she is the latest in line of Rock & Roll stars to die at the same time. The Forever 27 club includes Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison.

Winehouse's family pleaded for privacy and space on Sunday.

Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. She leaves a gaping hole in our lives, the family said in a released statement. We are coming together to remember her, and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time.

One of Winehouse's biggest hits was the tune Rehab, from her Back to Black album released in 2006.

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The lyrics of the song seemed almost biographical:

They tried to make me go to rehab but i said 'no, no, no'

Yes I've been black but when i come back you'll know, know, know,

I ain't got the time and if my daddy thinks I'm fine

He's tried to make me go to rehab but i won't go, go, go.

Some of the biggest pop stars of day have aired their tributes to the singer.

On Sunday, Lady Gaga went on Twitter.

Amy changed pop music foever, I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her, the singer wrote.

She lived jazz, she lived the blues, she added.

One of her friends Kelly Osbourne also went on the microblogging site to express her emotions.

i cant even breath right my now im crying so hard I just lost 1 of my best friends. I love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you.

Comedian and actor Russell Brand, who has battled addiction, reflected in a long blog posting on the life and death of his fellow North London friend.

We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease, Brand wrote. He recalled Winehouse as sweet and peculiar but most of all vulnerable and describe her voice as being filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine.

Hundreds of fans visited the singer's Camden, London home, laying a growing number of tributes, among them flowers, toys, candles and even alcoholic drinks and cigarettes.

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