Amy Winehouse Dead at 27

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY PAUL RICARD British singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Glastonbury on June 28, 2008. As the legendary Motown label turns 50, soul music is back and booming, ever since British diva Amy Winehouse hit world charts two years ago. The celebrated label , that brought Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross to the world has been marked by a re-issue of its seminal tracks. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: BEN STANSALL/2011 AFP

In a turn of events no less sickening for being oft-predicted, Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her London home. The singer — who has a long, well-documented, and extremely troubled history with drugs and alcohol; and whose most famous song included the lines, "They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no" — was only 27. She now has the ignominious distinction of joining a group of gone-too-soon, legendary-but-at-what-cost musicians — Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain — who died at that age. In the last few months, Winehouse, a onetime electric, bee-hived, live talent, seemed to be taking baby steps toward getting her life and career in order: She recorded a song and went on tour, though that was quickly canceled after a few disastrous performances. Winehouse recorded two records over her career; the second, 2006's Back to Black, which featured her trademark neo-Motown sound, is a classic. Go put it on. [BBC]