Amy Winehouse

Posted on: 25 July 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

The cost of fame? Another casualty of club27

Amy Winehouse

It has become a musical phenomenon, and over the weekend, Amy Winehouse, joined the ranks of some of the world's most talented musicians who also died aged only 27. As with others in this select group, Amy Winehouse led a troubled life, only recently pulling out of a European tour after appearing drunk on stage. She had stints in rehab, troubles with the law and was reported to be a heavy drug user. Was the fame game just too much for her? Or, was Amy Winehouse a troubled individual before she became famous?

You have to wonder whether the creative nature of such talented musicians means that they just can't deal with the world of fame and the pressures that brings – in the end, it seems their success kills them.

A tribute to club27

Amy Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) English singer songwriter famous for her powerful jazz voice. Cause, unknown.

At 3:54pm on Saturday 23 July, two ambulances were called to Amy Winehouse's Camden home, shortly afterwards the Metropolitan police confirmed that she had died. An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of death which is described by the police as unexplained. In recent months her health was called into question after a series of gigs were cancelled after a worrying performance in Belgrade. 

Janis Lyn Joplin (19 January 1943 – 4 October 1970). American singer, songwriter, and music arranger. Drug overdose. 

Janis Joplin died in a Los Angeles motel room from a heroin overdose and was most likely also under the influence of alcohol. She had become recently engaged and the song 'Mercedes Benz' was the last track she recorded.

Jimi Hendrix (27 November 1942 – 18 September 1970). American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer. Asphyxiation

Jimi Hendrix died in a London hotel room from asphyxiation – or choking on his own vomit. The circumstances around Hendrix's death have always been a topic of controversy with the finger often pointed at his girlfriend, Monika Dannemann who when faced with legal action in 1996 committed suicide.

Kurt Donald Cobain (20 February 1967 – c 5 April 1994). American singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Suicide by gunshot. 

Kurt Cobain became a poster boy for an entire generation after the release of 'Smells like teen spirit' and it is this pressure which has been blamed for his suicide. He was found at his Lake Washington home by an electrician coming to fit a security system. The coroner estimated that he had been lying there for days alone.

Jim Morrison (8 December 1943 – 3 July 1971). American singer, poet, songwriter, writer and film director. Cause, unknown.

Jim Morrison died in the bathtub of his Paris apartment, but under French law no autopsy was performed as the medical examiner claimed to have found no evidence of foul play. His cause of death was listed as heart failure, which could have been caused by heroine or cocaine. His girlfriend at the time, Pamela Courson died three years later at the age of 27 from a heroine overdose.

Let's hope that's the last - however, in this age of fame it is unlikely. For a great tribute to Amy Winehouse and an honest look at addiction we suggest you read Russell Brand's article in the Guardian.

Some information gathered from 20 Notable People who died at 27

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