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Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment just a few hours ago.

According to the UK Telegraph:
[Metropolitan Police] say that they received a call at 4.05pm calling for help for a woman in Camden. Paramedics were called to the scene, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The death is “unexplained” but not thought to be suspicious, according to police. Sources have told the Sunday Mirror that an overdose of drink and drugs is the suspected cause of death.

Just last month, Amy cancelled her tour after a humiliating concert in Serbia where she appeared intoxicated and incoherent onstage. This despite the fact that Amy had just completed a short rehab stint. After the Serbia incident, her reps announced that she would be going back for another short stay. I remember wondering how her team could act as if a few weeks of outpatient rehab could even scratch the surface of this woman’s years of self-destructive substance-abuse.

Ever since songs like “Rehab” on Back To Black, she’s been enabled and encouraged to keep up with this “wild, party-girl” image. We were enthralled and entertained when she delivered that drug-magnifed passion and pain in her music. We were disgusted and entertained when the drugs delivered a broken zombie shell of Amy onstage and in the tabloids.

Now both the highs and the lows are over for Amy Winehouse, just 27 years old. Even that short life must have felt so exhausting. May she rest in peace.

Three days before her death, Amy Winehouse surprised her goddaughter, singer Dionne Bromfield, by showing up onstage during Bromfield’s iTunes Festival concert in Camden. Amy didn’t sing, just hugged the excited 15-year old, danced onstage, and later told the crowd to buy her goddaughter’s album…

Watch the last public footage of Amy Winehouse…
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Amy Winehouse surprises her goddaughter, 15 year old singer Dionne Bromfield onstage at London’s iTunes Festival….just three days before Amy’s death. Dionne is also signed to Amy’s Lioness Records.

Update: Monte Lipman, CEO of Universal Republic, tells Billboard, “We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer. Our prayers go out to Amy’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.”