Tributes to a Junkie

Amidst news reports of the famine suffering in Somalia and the horrible tragedy beset the people of Norway came reports of Amy Winehouse’s death.

Along with the usual reports in the media of her untimely, but inevitable death, were comments peppered with celebrities tweeting their surprise and sadness of her passing. A spokesman for the singer said: “Everyone involved with Amy is shocked and devastated.” Whilst I might sound cold and callous, her death at a young age is devastating to those who knew her, but it should hardly be “surprising” now, should it?

Winehouse has had a long history of alcohol and drug abuse. Three years ago a photo of the British singer apparently smoking a crack pipe was splashed across the front page of the U.K. tabloid The Sun. The photo of the beehive singer, taken from a 19-minute video whose source The Sun has not revealed, was accompanied by reports that she had allegedly engaged in a drug binge of cocaine, ecstasy, Valium and crack.

She was repeatedly in and out of Rehab. Her most recent stint was early June, 2011, when she checked into London’s “Priory Clinic”, for apparant alcohol abuse. However, she quickly checked herself out again two weeks later just before embarking on a European tour. That tour was cut short after she was booed off stage in Belgrade. Understandbly, the locals, who paid €300 (one  months salary for the average Serbian) were pissed off at the sight of her mumbling and singing incoherently, and stumbling around in a drunken stupor on stage. Despite the best efforts of her band to help her our with the reminding her the lyrics, or picking up the singing when she was simply mumbling, she ended up getting off stage, and later cancelling the European tour altogether.

Sadly now she will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Whilst I liked some of her songs, I would certainly have never regarded her as a role model or someone who inspired me. But with all these celebrities tweeting over her death and how “amazing” she is, it makes me wonder what kind of message the world is sending out to the young and impressionable. What are they trying to say? Is it “Say NO to drugs, but if you can’t, then it’s OK, because when you die of an overdose, we’ll love you all the more”?

I hope her troubled soul finally finds peace, but I would prefer if the world actually called it as it is, rather than what they’d like you to think….another junkie just killed themselves.

Now, where’s my bong?

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