Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, who had been attempting a comeback after a few years battling drug and alcohol addiction, has been found dead in her London home, according to British media reports.
Sky News and BBC reported police sources as confirming the 27-year-old singer’s death.
London police issued a statement Saturday saying an unnamed 27-year-old female had been pronounced dead at the scene at a home in north London.
“Inquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained,” said Metropolitan Police.
Erratic performances forced tour cancellation
The singer showed up nearly an hour late for a concert in June at Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Park and disappointed the crowd of approximately 20,000 by stumbling about, mumbling through her songs and occasionally exiting the stage — leaving her bewildered band and backup singers performing in her place.
The concert was to be the first of a 12-date tour, which was cancelled soon after.
Winehouse rose to fame in 2006 with the success of her sophomore album Back to Black, which featured the smash hit song Rehab. In 2008, she won five Grammy Awards — including best new artist and record of the year — but her ongoing struggles with substance abuse, erratic onstage behavior, legal battles and other personal problems have overshadowed her musical achievements.
Though she was flooded with a variety of musical accolades over the years, the performer made headlines in Britain and worldwide for her increasingly erratic behavior, disheveled appearance, poor performance at recent concerts and substance abuse problem.
Winehouse also had a tumultuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she married in 2007. They had many public spats, which often turned violent. The couple divorced in 2009.
She had also sought help for psychiatric and alcohol and drug abuse problems.