Farewell to the legendary Amy Winehouse. Depression and addiction claim another life.

Posted: July 26, 2011 in Music
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Written by James Christopher Sheppard

Following Amy Winehouse‘s tragic death on Saturday 23rd July 2011, public opinion has been split over the news. While fans and a large proportion of the public are saddened and are mourning the loss of one of the most soulful and successful British stars of certainly this century, others are attacking the star saying she ‘brought it on herself’. Plenty of people are also disgraced with the fact that Winehouse’s death is big news, despite the tragic Norway situation last week.

I would like to take this opportunity to state a few facts. Terrorism, war and shootings and the death of a much-loved celebrity are two completely separate things- one does not reflect the other and people being upset that one of their favourite singers has died does not mean that they aren’t also troubled by the news in Norway. It’s all about perspective.

I haven’t heard a single Amy Winehouse fan publicly rant anywhere that her death is the biggest and most awful thing going on in the world, yet I have read countless arguments from people that did not care for the singer, rant and rant to anyone showing any sign of sadness about her passing that ‘she chose to kill herself’ or telling people to ‘wake up and watch the news about Norway’.

If a friend of yours passed away, no matter what the circumstances, and you said publicly that you missed them, would you expect a reply from some bitter person saying ‘you think that’s bad? Watch the news’? I think not.

Amy Winehouse’s death remains unexplained. Of course, her battle with depression and alcohol and drug addiction was public knowledge and is therefore believed to be the cause. What many people seem to be dismissing, is that depression and addiction are dangerously life-threatening illnesses. No-one choses to be a depressive or have an addictive personality, just as no-one choses to get cancer. We do make choices that may result in addiction and cancer, but we ALL do that, don’t we?

Regardless of how Amy died, she was 27 years old and an incredible talent. Back to Black and Frank will remain classic albums for the rest of our lifetimes, while iconic tracks like Tears Dry on Their Own’, ‘Rehab’, ‘You Know I’m No Good’ and her flawless collaboration with Mark Ronson, ‘Valerie’, will be continue to be played and enjoyed for years and years to come.

Amy Winehouse, you left your mark on this difficult world and will be sadly missed by many- and not forgotten by any.

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Comments
  1. Ben says:

    Brilliant response to tragic circumstances. I couldn’t have put it better myself 🙂

  2. Here here!

    I have been truely fed up with the negativity surrounding Amy’s death, I agree with everything you said and only have to add that she was also somones daughter, best friend, cousin etc etc at the end of the day NO death should be discounted dispite the reasoning behind her death.

    thanks for posting this x

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