By Yanir Dekel
Amy Winehouse, the Jewish R&B singer from the UK, whose spectacular voice and notorious troubles captivated the world, was found dead in her North London home earlier on today, Saturday July 23rd. Winehouse famously battled addiction to drugs and alcohol and was in and out of rehab several times throughout the years. In 2008 there were reports that Winhouse was about to undergo a special rehub treatment in Brazilai Hospital in Ashkelon, Israel, but she never showed up for the treatment.
Last month, Winehouse canceled her European tour after a performance in Serbia where she seemed completely out of it.
A press release from London’s Metropolitan Police , which doesn’t specifically name Winehouse, says: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. 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.”
The singer’s acclaimed 2007 album “Back to Black” tops the chart Saturday, after the news of her death, while her “Rehab” video jumps to No. 10 at the video downloads charts on iTunes.
Amy Winehouse rarely spoke about her Jewish heritage. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar last year she joked about it when she said “I dress I’m an old Jewish black man. I just dress like it’s still the ’50s.” In a show in 2009, she spontaneously rapped about herself being a Jew: “Oh, snap, I never knew, I never knew that, well, I’m a Jew / Well a Jew makin’ / Anyway, if you can smoke bacon/Then I reckon that, um… ”
Amy Winehouse was 27 when she died. Yehi Zichra Baruch.