September 14, 1983 – July 23, 2011
“If you can’t sort something out for yourself, no one can help you.”
We all laughed at her. She made it so easy.
Aside from her being a psychological and physical disaster, I’ve only ever heard good things about her as a human. She was described as “a sparkly character,” and she always had a moment for fans. Even if they rang her doorbell unannounced, Amy would always spare the time. That alone sets her apart from most.
On the downside, while on holiday back in 2009: a source at a resort claimed that “She walks around in the same grimy bikini bottoms each day with her boobs on show, gets drunk, gropes waiters and is rude to male staff. She’s hardly the most popular guest.”
Hell knows she had a lot of personal problems – all of which can easily be found elsewhere. At the time of her death, a lot of people commented that she looked better than she had in a long time.
Her PR spokesperson Chris Goodman said, “Amy was on her own at home apart from a security guard who we had appointed to help look after her over the past couple of years. [at 10pm] She was in her bedroom after saying she wanted to sleep and when we went to wake her he found she wasn’t breathing.”
Police were called by London Ambulance to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23, July, following reports of a woman found directory. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage, it is being treated as unexplained.
Amy shared this home with her cat, Sky.
Paramedics discovered Amy’s body at 3:54pm
Amy’s last moment on stage was an appearance to support her god-daughter Dionne Bromfield. This was just three days before she died..
You never know when it’s going to be your last.
Amy’s body removed from her home.
According to one source, she had been dead for about 6 hours, and “rigor mortis had set in.”
Amy’s body was taken to the Coroner’s office in St. Pancras and identified by her parents.
Clearly devastated, Kelly Osbourne could only lift her fingers enough to text the following 140 characters:
‘I can’t even breath right now I’m crying so hard I just lost one of my best friends. I love you for ever Amy and will never forget the real you!’
Microsoft tweeted (and apologized),
‘Remember Amy Winehouse by downloading the groundbreaking Back To Black over at Zune.’
Twitter and Facebook have destroyed people’s boundaries.
According to one report, Amy’s doctor had examined her on Friday, July 22nd and found “nothing wrong.” Another report states that she was seen buying drugs in Camden at 10:30 Friday evening. Tabloids have everything going on. Cocaine, alcohol, ketamine…
Her death is ruled “not suspicious” and official cause of death will not be announced until the toxicology tests are completed.
Amy’s house has become a shrine for fans to leave flowers and mementoes.
Her divorced mother and father visited the scene and viewed the memorial that had formed. Amy’s father, Mitch, was “devastated and speechless.” He went on to thank reporters and fans. A guard was posted outside the home.
Funeral part 1: 150 people attended a funeral on July 27th at London’s Edgwarebury Cemetery. Rabbi Frank Hellner officiated the ceremony. Kelly Osbourne, producer Mark Ronson, Family and friends attended as her father eulogized his daughter. He told stories about her childhood and ended by saying, “Goodnight, my Angel. Sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.”
Amy’s funeral programme
That last song of the service was Carole King’s “So Far Away”.
Funeral part 2: Amy was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.
The Family spokesman Chris Goodman, said “only family members and close friends would be present,” and added: “Cremation is part of the family’s tradition.”
The chapel at Golders Green Crematorium
Funeral part 3: Shiva – the Jewish ceremony of bereavement – will be observed for two days starting at 5pm on July 26th at the Schinder Hall at Southgate Progressive Synagogue. After the cremation, guests arrived at the hall to share their memories of Amy.
That’s a lot of funeral.
According to TMZ – this is Amy’s security team, holding Amy’s cremains. The man in the middle is Andrew Morris, the man who discovered Amy’s body. I like that they posed – the team together one last time.
I’m not sure of the logistics of all of this, but if Amy’s body was just cremated, that package has got to be pretty warm. Just sayin…
Amy was very well known for wearing ballet slippers. Sometimes they didn’t look pretty.
Amy’s car is/was still parked in front of her house, and inside, on the passenger seat floor, is a pair of Amy’s favorite shoes.
Let the “Rehab, No No No” jokes commence.
We Have Mailbox!
Findadeath friend Luke paid a visit to Amy’s house and snapped these images.
Luke states, “Just a point, most of the people at her “shrine” were tourists and a lot were having their photograhs taken with the shrine in the background as if it were a regular tourist spot. I suppose for some it might become one now. No-one actually seemed upset. (I suppose those peole visited in the early days.) It seems they just wanted tos ee what was going on (but, as a death hag, what can I say?!)
Luke mentioned that people asked the security guard if they could post letters to Amy.
Nice to know that Findadeath has a presence there. Thanks, Luke!
I think it’s the post-it notes that Amy will appreciate most.
Exactly three years prior to her death, Amy’s wax figure was unveiled by her parents at Madame Tussaud’s.
Thank you to Jim in Napa, Liesel, Audrey in Arkieland, and Rapidette.