27-year-old singer Amy Winehouse (photo, from lemonde.fr) was found dead at her London home on Saturday.
Her death was confirmed by a Metropolitan Police spokesman who said that the cause of death was still unexplained. According to London Ambulance Service it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST, and two vehicles were sent but the woman died.
Ms Winehouse’s recent musical career had been overshadowed by a long battle with drink and drugs.
In 2003 she had been acclaimed for her debut album, Frank, but became known all over the world in 2006 with the album Back to Black, which won five Grammy Awards.
Recently she finished a course of alcohol rehabilitation in London. She was under strict instructions not to drink.
Last month she pulled out of a comeback tour but ended cancelling the European tour after being jeered during her first gig in Serbia where she was too drunk to perform. For 90 minutes she appeared unable to sing her own songs and at times she even left the stage – leaving her band to fill in.
When rumours of her death started circulating on Twitter former UK prime minister’s wife Sarah Brown tweeted : “Sad sad news of Amy Winehouse – great talent, extraordinary voice, and tragic death, condolences to her family.”
Daily Telegraph rock critic Neil McCormick said he was “utterly shocked” at her death.
Ms Winehouse’s last public appearance was on Wednesday night at the Roundhouse in Camden where she joined her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield on stage.