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Amy Winehouse

English singer and songwriter

Amy Winehouse is ...

Dead

Born 14 September 1983 in Southgate
Died 23 July 2011 in Greater London
Age 27 years, 10 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United Kingdom
Birth name Amy Jade Winehouse
Father Mitch Winehouse
Mother Janis Seaton
Occupation singer-songwriter, guitarist, jazz musician, singer and jazz guitarist
Height 1.59m (5'3")
Weight 50kg (110.2lbs)
Instrument guitar and drum kit
Awards Grammy Award for Best New Artist
Genre soul music, rhythm and blues, jazz, blues and blue-eyed soul
Influenced by Erykah Badu
Voice type mezzo-soprano and contralto
Twitter username amywinehouse

About Amy Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul (sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul and neo soul), rhythm and blues, and jazz. Winehouse's debut album, Frank (2003), was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, Back to Black (2006), led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British woman to win five Grammys, including three of the General Field "Big Four" Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Winehouse won three Ivor Novello Awards: in 2004, Best Contemporary Song for "Stronger Than Me"; in 2007, Best Contemporary Song again, this time for "Rehab"; and in 2008, Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Love Is a Losing Game." She also won the 2007 Brit Award for Best British Female Artist, having been nominated for Best British Album, with Back to Black. Winehouse died of alcohol intoxication on 23 July 2011, aged 27. Her album Back to Black posthumously became, for a time, the UK's best-selling album of the 21st century.

About Death

Winehouse's bodyguard said that he had arrived at her residence three days before her death and felt she had been somewhat intoxicated. He observed moderate drinking over the next few days. He observed her "laughing, listening to music and watching TV at 2 a.m. the day of her death". According to the bodyguard, at 10 a.m. he observed her lying on her bed and tried unsuccessfully to rouse her. This did not raise much suspicion because she usually slept late after a night out. According to the bodyguard, shortly after 3 pm, he checked on her again and observed her lying in the same position as before, leading to a further check, in which he concluded that she was not breathing and had no pulse. He said he subsequently called emergency services.