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Originally posted 08/02/2011 02:00PM
The death of Grammy winner Amy Winehouse touched many people, but close pal Kelly Osbourne took it especially hard.
Calling Winehouse her "best friend," Osbourne, 26, Tweeted that she will love the "Rehab" singer "forever."
Obsourne's mom, America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne, 58, tells PEOPLE, "There's nothing I can do to take Kelly's pain away," but she can explain why the loss of the troubled singer has been so difficult for her daughter.
Originally posted 07/29/2011 11:45AM
Fans gathered outside Amy Winehouse's London home were treated to special mementos this week, when the singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, started handing out items that had belonged to her.
"There are Amy's T-shirts. This is what she would have wanted – for her fans to have her clothes," Mitch told the crowd. As he handed out the items, a pair of Amy's signature ballet shoes were visible in his back pocket, reports MTV.com.
"God bless Amy Winehouse," Mitch added before riding away in a taxi.
Originally posted 07/28/2011 09:00AM
Amy Winehouse's struggles to quit drugs were well documented. But her family fears that sudden abstinence from alcohol might have been what led to her death last Saturday at age 27, according to a report.
Winehouse ignored doctors' advice to step back gradually from her heavy drinking and went cold turkey in the past month, an unnamed family friend tells Britain's Sun. Her family believes that was too much of a shock to her system, the source adds.
"Abstinence gave her body such a fright, they thought it was eventually the cause of her death," says the source.
PEOPLE has confirmed that this is the family's belief.
Originally posted 07/27/2011 08:00AM
When Amy Winehouse passed away on July 23, many jumped to the conclusion that she'd overdosed after a drug binge.
But what she was really doing, say sources, was surprisingly low-key: She laid low at her London home, spent time with her mother, and had a routine doctor’s visit.
In fact, while the toxicology results may not be available for weeks, those who knew her say she was much more than a party girl.
Originally posted 07/26/2011 12:45PM
After saying goodbye at her funeral, Amy Winehouse's father took comfort in believing she had conquered most of her demons.
"Knowing she wasn't depressed, knowing she passed away, knowing she passed away happy – it makes us all feel better," Mitch Winehouse said Tuesday in a statement. "She was the happiest she has been for years."
Winehouse describes his daughter, who was found dead at 27 in her London apartment Saturday, as in love, over drugs and "in good spirits."
Originally posted 07/26/2011 10:25AM
Music industry executives, her band mates, close friends and family gathered Tuesday at a synagogue in Edgware, North London, to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse, the soulful singer with the beehive and velvety vocals.
Winehouse was found dead at her London apartment on Saturday, and her funeral, held at Edgwarebury Cemetery, was attended by about 150 people, including close friend Kelly Osbourne, who wore her hair in Winehouse's signature beehive style; Mark Ronson, who produced her 2006 album Back to Black, the last of her music released before her death; and boyfriend Reg Traviss.
Originally posted 07/25/2011 03:30PM
There is plenty of buzz over the question of how Amy Winehouse died, but the answer will not be known for some time to come.
According to reports, police say the late singer's autopsy – which took place on Monday at the St. Pancras Mortuary in London – has not established a cause of death. Results are expected in two to four weeks, after further toxicology tests are performed.
Shortly after her death, a police source told PEOPLE that the troubled Grammy winner, 27, was not surrounded by drugs or paraphernalia when she passed away.
– Dahvi Shira
Originally posted 07/25/2011 08:15AM
Amy Winehouse may have been dead for up to six hours before a security guard found her body in bed at around 4 p.m. London time on Saturday.
The five-time Grammy winner last spoke to her security team at 10 a.m. Saturday, telling them she was going to sleep. Rigor mortis had set in by the time she was found, suggesting she had been dead for several hours.
Sources tell Britain's Sun newspaper that Winehouse, 27, had seen a doctor Friday night as part of a routine series of regular checkups, given her battle with addiction. The doctor saw nothing amiss.
Originally posted 07/24/2011 12:35PM
The family of Amy Winehouse "has been left bereft" by her death on Saturday.
The Winehouses, including mother Janis, her father Mitch and her brother Alex, released a statement Sunday.
"Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. She leaves a gaping hole in our lives," the statement reads. "We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time."
Originally posted 07/24/2011 09:40AM
The first time I saw Amy Winehouse was at Joe's Pub – an intimate, cabaret-style setting in Manhattan's East Village – in early 2007. Even before the release of her game-changing album Back to Black a couple months later, there was already so much buzz about this soulful, saucy Brit with the beehive. And with celebs like Jay-Z in the house, you could feel something special in the air that night. Winehouse didn't disappoint, filling the room with a smokiness even when no smoking was allowed.
As she brought life to the bad-girl drama of her songs, it sometimes felt as if she were teetering on the edge. This was no act.
Sadly, the same darkness and demons that made Winehouse's music so compelling would prove to be her undoing, as the world watched her spiral out of control even as she won international acclaim. Once a sort of joke to some, the rebellious "no, no, no" refrain of her signature hit "Rehab" – which won her three of the five Grammys she took home in 2008 – became all too real. Just as telling was the Etta James-esque "You Know I'm No Good," on which Winehouse seemed to foreshadow her own downfall: "I cheated myself / Like I knew I would / I told you I was trouble / You know that I'm no good."
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