Amy Winehouse dead at 27: Singer’s body reportedly found in her bed by security guard
BY Kathleen Perricone
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Originally Published:Sunday, July 24th 2011, 2:56 PM
Updated: Monday, July 25th 2011, 12:14 AM
Amy Winehouse reportedly bought a ton of drugs, including ecstasy and heroin, before her death.
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Amy Winehouse died alone in bed after spending her final hours in a drug and alcohol haze, according to published reports.
The 27-year-old singer was high on ecstasy on Friday night – and the drug, combined with “huge amounts of alcohol” and emphysema, lead to her death, sources told the Sunday Mirror.
A friend told the British paper that Winehouse “spent the last seven days on a massive bender.”
It was a security guard hired to look after Winehouse who found her body, TMZ.com reported.
Sources quoted in the Mirror said they believed the “Rehab” singer, who completed a brief stint at the Priory Hospital in May, may have died after taking a “bad” ecstasy pill and then combining it with alcohol.
No official cause of death has been determined. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday or Tuesday, although police were “operating under the assumption” Winehouse overdosed, a source close to the investigation told TMZ.
Winehouse’s parents Mitch and Janis released a statement, saying, “Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. She leaves a gaping hole in our lives.”
Janis Winehouse also told the Sunday Mirror that she had spent time with her daughter on Friday, the day before her death, and the meeting left her with the feeling that it was “just a matter of time” before Amy met with a tragic ending.
“She seemed out of it,” Winehouse recalled. “But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me.”
But she is holding on to the good memories of her daughter, especially their final moment together.
At the end of their visit on Friday, Amy said, “I love you, Mum,” according to Janis. “They are the words I will always treasure.”
Winehouse had gone to her bedroom after saying she was sleepy.
“When he went to wake her he found she wasn’t breathing,” a Winehouse friend told TMZ. “He called the emergency services straight away. He was very shocked. At this stage no one knows how she died. She died alone in bed.”
Russell Brand, who first met Winehouse years ago, wrote a tribute to his friend on his website. He said they, “shared an affliction, the disease of addiction.
“We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease,” he said.
Singer Carole King, whose song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” was covered by Winehouse, recalled her small but powerful body of music. “She did such a beautiful performance on it,” King told the BBC. “I just really hope that she’s found peace now wherever she is.”
A mound of flowers, messages and handwritten notes grew Sunday outside the house.
* “R.I.P. Never Forgotten,” read one message, while another said, “It’s all right, love. Go now.”