January 22, 2008 / 6:05 PM / 10 years ago

Winehouse fans urge troubled singer to seek help

LONDON (Reuters) - Fans of acclaimed British soul and jazz singer Amy Winehouse urged her to seek help on Tuesday after a newspaper printed images of her allegedly smoking crack cocaine last week.

Her label Island Records issued a short statement saying it would support her.

“We are deeply disappointed and upset by these latest revelations and are doing everything we can to offer Amy our full support in dealing with her problems,” a spokesman said. He made no further comment.

Winehouse, 24, has won critical and commercial success with her distinctive voice and hit album “Back to Black,” and earned six Grammy nominations in December.

But her troubled personal life has dominated the headlines, most recently in the Sun tabloid on Tuesday which ran a picture on its front page of Winehouse apparently taking crack cocaine.

Singer Amy Winehouse leaves Snaresbrook Crown Court in London, after attending a court hearing for her husband Blake Fielder-Civil January 18, 2008. Winehouse's fans urged her to seek help on Tuesday after a newspaper printed images of her allegedly smoking crack cocaine last week. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

“Nosedive to Oblivion” was how the Sun described the alleged drugs binge that is said to have occurred at just after 5 a.m. on Friday.

Hours later Winehouse attended court to support her husband Blake Fielder-Civil who is fighting charges related to a pub brawl.

Sporting her new blonde hairstyle, a disheveled-looking Winehouse yelled: “Love you handsome, gorgeous one” as the judge discussed legal matters with lawyers.

Fans urged Winehouse, whose hits include the song “Rehab,” to seek help.

“Amy please get help,” wrote fan Jessica on Winehouse’s home page on social networking Web site MySpace.

“After seeing the vid of u taking crack I just cried. I think we all new that u have a problem but always hoped the media were blowing it out of proportion, it would be such a waste for everyone if you were lost to this evil.”

Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Giles Elgood

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