What they said – An all star tribute to Amy Winehouse

by Wilfred Okiche

Grammy Award winning British soul/jazz singer Amy Winehouse passed away on Saturday after a long battle with alcohol and substance abuse. Results of a post-mortem carried out were inconclusive and no cause of death has been identified.

She was 27 years.

Tributes from her friends and colleagues have continued to pour in, (on and off the internet) even as she was buried on Tuesday according to Jewish rites.

We sample some of the quotes:

“Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant…we have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease.” – Russell Brand, Comedian and friend of Amy.

“Amy changed pop music forever. I remember knowing there was hope and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she lived the blues.” – Lady Gaga

“I can’t even breathe right now. I’m crying so hard, I just lost one of my best friends. I love you forever Amy and will never forget the real you.” –  Kelly Osbourne, close friend and Reality TV Star

“You made a MAJAH impression on this industry and throughout the world in such a short space of time.” – Rihanna

“It’s just beyond sad, there is nothing else to say. She was such a lost soul, may she rest in peace.” – Lily Allen

 “She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me. This is one of the saddest days of my life.” – Mark Ronson, Producer, dueted with Amy on the hit single “Valerie”

“Sad to lose Amy Winehouse, incredible talent.” – Ryan Seacrest, American Idol Host.

“Very very sad day! Just lost a great friend and a sister” – Salaam Rami, produced both of Amy’s records

“Such desperately sad news. Supreme talent, terrible self destructive, addictive personality.” – Piers Morgan, Talk show Host.

“Drugs took her gift, her soul, her light long before they took her life. Rest in peace Amy.” – Josh Groban

“It is not age that Hendrix, Jones, Joplin, Morrison,Cobain and Amy have in common. It is drug abuse – sadly.” – Billy Braggs, Singer

May her troubled soul find peace.

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