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Our Apologies, Amy

Young, talented and struggling with addiction, Amy Winehouse’s death drew mixed reaction from people.  Some say that her early death was inevitable due to her tumultuous, out of control, drug and booze induced lifestyle.

Still, her death was a loss to a music industry that’s already lacking some true, bad ass, wise cracking,  unabashed artists who are not afraid to say what they want.

She was an icon.  With 5 Grammy's to her belt and  with her 2006 Back to Black album, which critics hailed as a refreshing and stylish blend of modern and classic R&B, selling close to 10 million copies worldwide, Amy has made her mark in the industry.  During her album's release, it became the highest charting U.S debut album ever by a British female artist, a record now held by Adele, who is just one of several artists that Amy undeniably paved the way. 

Her loss made me realize a lot of things about addiction:
1. Addiction can easily take over and ruin everyone’s life - young and old, rich or people, some we even know personally
2. Drugs are used for pleasure and sometimes to cope with pain - it's an outlet of some sort to people who are experiencing some void in their lives
3. It's not easy to quit and quitting is never a permanent solution - they need more than just the will to quit.  They need support and encouragement from family and friends
4. People who do drugs don’t deserve death – they need help, understanding and intervention

Her longtime friend Russel Brand (aka Mr. Katy Perry) wrote a wonderful tribute to her in this link:

Looking back to her most popular song, which amazingly mirrors her crazy life:

They tried to make me go to rehab but I said 'no, no, no'
Yes I've been black but when I come back you'll know know know
I ain't got the time and if my daddy thinks I'm fine
He's tried to make me go to rehab but I won't go go go

This is a cry for help, we should have helped her not judge her.

For this we owe her our apologies.

We are sorry Amy!


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