Amy Winehouse Found Dead at Age 27

Singer-songwriter Amy Jade Winehouse (born on September 14th 1983) was found dead today July 23rd 2011 in her London apartment. She was 27 years old, and a couple months away from her 28th birthday. She joins others such as Cobain, Joplin, Hendrix, and Morrison to die at this age. Currently, the cause of her death is unknown.

Read more here.

She was open about her mental health and substance abuse issues, and her death brings renewed attention to these issues. She admitted in various interviews that she had problems with depression, mood swings, self-harm and eating disorders. In 2007, Amy was hospitalized for an overdose due to mixing heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol.

Amy Winehouse was known for combining musical genres including R&B, soul and Jazz. Winehouse’s first album, Frank, was released on 20 October 2003 and received rave reviews. In 2009, The The Sunday Times credited the release of her album, Back to Black,  as directly creating the market for the “the year of the women.” Due to Winehouse’s popularity, record companies began seeking out female artists with a similar fearless attitude and sound. In March 2011 the New York Daily News attributed the wave of British female artists that have been successful in the United States to Winehouse and Spin magazine’s Charles Aaron was quoted saying, “Amy Winehouse was the Nirvana moment for all these women. They can all be traced back to her in terms of attitude, musical styles or fashion”.

Read more on her Wikipedia Page.

About Claire

I grew up in both the Netherlands and the US. When I moved to America at age 10 I was confronted with conflicting social constructs of gender and class. As a student of the social and cognitive sciences, I gained a greater understanding of how human decision-making can lead to unintended system-wide consequences in the interdependent world we live in, especially when you throw stereotyping into the mix. Having struggled as both a poor and female American citizen, I am quite aware of what it means to blame a victim for their circumstances. I feel that I have a voice, and responsibility, to stand up for those who are currently silent.

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