Fans, stars tweet the blues over Winehouse death

Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:50pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Soul singer Amy Winehouse, who died unexpectedly at age 27, received numerous tributes on Saturday from ordinary fans around the world and music luminaries ranging from Tony Bennett to producer Mark Ronson.

The "Rehab" singer whose problems with substance abuse were well-documented, died at her home in London, and while it appears she has lost her battle with drink and drugs, an official cause of death has yet to be determined.

Nevertheless, fans speculated that she became another in a long list of singers, actors and other celebrities whose problems in the public limelight led to their demise -- Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Heath Ledger.

Winehouse was the top trending topic on Twitter where many tweets read like this one from gigglinben: "meh hate waking up to hear #amywinehouse is gone...dreaded it for young & so much talent sadly gone..hope she finds peace"

CRIerPourMoi posted: "her beautiful voice will be sorely missed. so unfortunate her disease got the best of her. RIP..."

The British singers' talent was discovered when she was 16, and her debut album "Frank" in 2003 earned acclaim. But it was her second CD, 2006's "Back to Black" that made her a star.

The record produced a string of memorable tunes, including "You Know I'm No Good," "Love Is a Losing Game" and "Rehab," which contained the line: "They tried to make me go to rehab. I said 'no, no, no.'" The album reached No. 1 in Britain and earned Winehouse five Grammys, pop music's highest honors.


<p>British singer Amy Winehouse arrives at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in central London in this March 17, 2009 file photo. Winehouse has been found dead at her home in north London, Sky News reported on July 23, 2011. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty/Files</p>