Amy Winehouse, the critically acclaimed soul singer who never escaped her personal demons, was reportedly found dead at her London home on Saturday. She was 27.
Police said the cause of death was under investigation. Sources told The Guardian that Winehouse died of an apparent drug overdose.
The family of the singer said they had been left “bereft” by her death.
“She leaves a gaping hole in our lives,” they said in a statement. “We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time.”
Fans left flowers and memorial messages at Winehouse’s north London home and pushed her records back into the charts.
The troubled-but-talented Jewish singer pulled out of her European tour last month after she was jeered at her comeback show in Serbia because she appeared to be too drunk to perform.
She sang garbled versions of her songs and frequently left the stage for 90 minutes.
Winehouse, known for her trademark beehive hairdo, burst onto the music scene with the blockbuster album Back to Black, which featured the bluesy hit “Rehab.”
Her career slid downhill as she repeatedly lost battles with drug and alcohol addiction.