As if the car bombing and massacre in Norway which took the lives of over 70 innocent victims last Friday wasn’t disturbing enough news, Britain then took a step back in horror when it was revealed over news sources and Twitter that Grammy Award winning singer Amy Winehouse had also died on Saturday afternoon from a suspected drugs overdose at her home in Camden, North London.
To some there is no comparison, with remarkably insensitive comments appearing on social networking sites about Winehouse’s struggling past with alcohol and drugs, however, these ‘haters’ should be aware of one major similarity, and that is all parents included in these tragic events – including Amy’s father Mitch, who battled so desperately to help her through everything, have all lost their children far too young.
Messages flooded Twitter including those closest to Winehouse such as producer Mark Ronson – who worked with Winehouse on her 2006 album Back to Black producing hit singles such as Rehab, Tears Dry on Their Own and Valerie – tweeted “she was my musical soulmate (and) like a sister to me. This is one of the saddest days of my life.”
Winehouse however, will also be remembered for her own quirky street style and trademark beehive hair and black wing eyeliner, and for collaborating with brands such as Fred Perry creating her own clothing range; thus this news of her death has devastated the fashion world whom had taken her in. Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld had even once referred to Winehouse as a ‘style icon’.
Music channel Viva had already started playing Winehouse’s long list of catchy and iconic songs as a tribute before 11pm Saturday evening, reminding us what a fantastically talented singer she truly was, and making a poignant point that this is exactly what she will be remembered for.