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Amy Winehouse: Death, Addiction & the 27 Club

By Geno McGahee

Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27, joining the club with Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, all three were talented musicians that had substance abuse problems. For Winehouse, she seemed like a train wreck, and we all witnessed her troubled life unfold in front of our eyes in the media.

Winehouse, being such a popular artist, with such a following and huge sales in her CDs and music downloads had plenty of access to drugs and access is something that hurts an addict. Although the autopsy was inconclusive, there are strong suspicions that this was a drug related death, even if it was a result of continued use that just caught up with her in the end.

Many artists tend to lean towards drugs to either cope with the stress of the long days or pressure to succeed, and some fall into it as their careers begin to downward spiral and they cannot maintain the success. Winehouse always appeared to be a troubled soul. Despite her amazing talent, she was her own worst enemy. Her strange behavior and comments made her a circus act to some, rather than an artist to take seriously.

Winehouse will fall into the same category as Cobain, Hendrix, Joplin, and Elvis, as a shining star that died too soon.

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