Amy Winehouse in 2007
From Gaga to Pink, celebrities have offered tributes to Amy Winehouse, the troubled but talented singer who died in her London home over the weekend.
“Amy changed pop music forever, I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her,” Lady Gaga tweeted on Sunday. “She lived jazz, she lived the blues.”
Fellow singer Rihanna also tweeted her shock at the news of the 27-year-old singer’s death: “Dear God have mercy!!! I am SICK about this right now! #DearAmy.”
She later said: “DearAmy U made a MAJAH impression on this industry and throughout the world, in such a short space of time…too short! ICONS never DIE.”
Reality star and celebrity Kelly Osbourne added: “i cant even breath right my now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!”
Singer Pink also commented on Twitter: “RIP….Cherish and love your health, your gifts, your life and those around you. amywinehouse tragic.”
Actor and comedian Russell Brand, who has himself struggled with addiction in the past, penned an emotional letter about his friend’s passing.
“When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new,” said Brand.
“Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.”
He concluded by writing: “Not all of us know someone with the incredible talent that Amy had but we all know drunks and junkies and they all need help and the help is out there. All they have to do is pick up the phone and make the call. Or not. Either way, there will be a phone call.”
Winehouse’s cause of death is as yet unknown, but it has been widely speculated that it was related to her ongoing addiction to drugs and alcohol.