Tributes from family, friends and fans have flooded in for Amy Winehouse following her death at the age of just 27. The talented but troubled singer was found dead on Saturday in her flat in Camden, North London from a suspected drug overdose.
Amongst those paying tribute to Winehouse, whose private funeral was held on Tuesday, was David McCabe, frontman of Liverpool band The Zutons. His song 'Valerie' was covered with great success by Winehouse, and McCabe told JMU Journalism: "It’s a real shame. She will be missed. I think she still had some classic music in her."
Also paying her respects was Southport's Paula Delaney, who spoke to JMU Journalism earlier this year about her life as tribute act, Amy Housewine.
Paula told us her instant reaction to the news: "I felt devastated, I still do. I was just out of the shower in my towels getting ready to go to a gig as Amy when my phone started going crazy. I didn’t want to accept that it had happened; I can’t believe it’s happened. It still hasn’t sunk in."
She added: "Her music means a lot to me, to perform
as her has been wonderful for me, and through my
tribute to her, everyone I have met in the last five years,
has brought me great friendship and wonderful memories.
"To perform her great lyrical and melodic songs every night
has been a real privilege and I hope that her memory will
live on, like Elvis, Freddie Mercury and many more. Well, it
will for me anyway. She will always be a big part in my life
and I hope now she can fly with the angels."
A fresh-faced Winehouse burst onto the scene with her debut
album 'Frank', but it was her second release, the
much-acclaimed 'Back to Black', which catapulted her career
to new heights.
Her signature hair, eye make-up, tattoos and - above all - her
voice made her an icon. However, as Winehouse’s career hit
an all-time high, her personal life sank to an all-time low.
Her addiction to drugs and out-of-control behaviour hit the headlines, and Winehouse became as well known for her controversial private life and turbulent marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil as she did for her talent.
Her father, Mitch, had previously spoken about his fears for his daughter, and they unfortunately became a reality, leading to countless tributes from across the industry, including from artists from Liverpool.
X Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson tweeted: "Sad news about Amy Winehouse. Such a talented lady and an inspiration. Inspiring as a writer, inspiring voice and lyrically brilliant."
Scouse Sugababe Heidi Range also expressed her sorrow, tweeting: "So very sad to hear the news about Amy Winehouse, RIP x."
By Helen Dodd, Arts & Entertainment Editor
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