Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, has been found dead on Saturday in her London home, police said.
She was 27.
Winehouse shot to fame in 2006 with the album "Back to Black," whose blend of jazz, soul, rock and classic pop was a global hit.
It won five Grammys and made Winehouse - with her black beehive hairdo and old-fashioned sailor tattoos - one of music's most recognizable stars.
But her personal life, with its drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and destructive relationships, soon took over her career.
Police confirmed that a 27-year-old female was pronounced dead at the home in Camden Square northern London; the cause of death was not immediately known.
London Ambulance Services said Winehouse had died before the two ambulance crews it sent arrived at the scene.
Amy Winehouse's career must be one of the oddest ones out there. She was laden with talent, as evidenced by her debut album Back to Black. But the album title was prophetic.
Her battle with addiction was played out in a highly public manner. It was a battle that she seemed fated not to win.
Winehouse tried to make a comeback just a few weeks ago, but her concert in Belgrade is not she epitaph she would have wanted. It's hard not to conclude that her aborted comeback played a pivotal part in today's sad news.
Rest peacefully Amy Winehouse.