Police: Singer Amy Winehouse dead at 27

LONDON - (AP) - Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whoseself-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent,was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was27.

Winehouse shot to fame in 2006 with the album "Back to Black,"whose blend of jazz, soul, rock and classic pop was a global hit.It won five Grammys and made Winehouse - with her black beehivehairdo and old-fashioned sailor tattoos - one of music's mostrecognizable stars.

But her personal life, with its drug andalcohol abuse, eating disorders and destructive relationships, soontook over her career.

Police confirmed that a 27-year-old female was pronounced deadat the home in Camden Square northern London; the cause of deathwas not immediately known. London Ambulance Services said Winehousehad died before the two ambulance crews it sent arrived at thescene.

An ambulance could be seen parked beneath the trees outside herLondon home Saturday afternoon, and the whole street was cordoned off by police tape.Officers kept onlookers away from the scene.

Last month, Winehouse canceled her European comeback tour aftershe swayed and slurred her way through barely recognizable songs inher first show in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Booed and jeeredoff stage, she flew home and her management said she would taketime off to recover.

"I didn't go out looking to be famous," Winehouse told theAssociated Press when "Back to Black" was released. "I'm just amusician."

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