07.23.2011 12:12 PM

The needle

She had talent, that’s a fact.

It’s also a fact that this one should be written up as a suicide. Because that’s what it was.


  1. bigcitylib says:

    Don’t get me started. Young folk can take a lot of abuse, and I always hoped she would come out the other side of it older and wiser. I guess not.

    Depressing weekend, and its not halfway through Saturday.

  2. Lisa says:

    Suicide on the installment plan. So sad!

  3. Jim says:

    Why don’t we wait for a professional to determine cause of death. You’re not one. What we all know is she led a tortured, difficult young life, crippled by very serious multiple addictions. Whether suicide, overdose or another form of death, the root cause of her death is likely a disease that has taken many before her and will take many after her.

    She was a gifted artist.

  4. Iris Mclean says:

    How sad can it get? We all saw it coming, but it’s still a shock.
    Rest in peace Amy.

  5. Wannabeapiper says:

    It’s the “27” club man. Hendrix, Cobain, Morrison-all 27 years old when they checked out. It’s weird, very weird and ya she probably off’d herself. She was a mess.

  6. Raymond says:

    Call it what you want…suicide is the eventual reality of drug abuse.

  7. Tiger says:

    Just because it was patently obvious for years that this was where it was headed, that doesn’t mean it isn’t still sad.

    Re did people try to help? Apparently at least a few fellow celebrities did reach out, as friends. Couldn’t save someone who didn’t want to be saved.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    There’s an excellent column by a fellow musician who knew Amy in the early days, and luckily I’d retweeted it and so found it on Twitter because I’d forgotten his name. Addiction is something so so difficult to understand, and those who are gifted are so much more vulnerable to it:

    Piercingly accurate on addiction, and genius: RT @charlesadler To Amy Winehouse from Russell Brand: bit.ly/ohmgZQ

    Not so much suicide, as a whirlpool that you can’t pull out of. The physical damage caused by the drugs results in a vicious cycle – you’re damaged, you crave more to feel better, and you’re damaged even more, blood brain barrier, liver, brain etc.

    Wonderfully gifted singer.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Left seems to equal talent and intelligence these days. Not such bad company to be in.

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