The Sun newspaper also claims that it may have been up to six hours after her death that she was discovered. Amy Winehouse had seen a doctor on Friday (July 22) for a regular check on her “fragile” health. She had a long-standing lung condition, blamed on smoking crack cocaine.
The doctor who visited her at home was said to have no concerns about her.
Amy’s spokesperson Chris Goodman revealed that on the day she died the singer had told her security guard she wanted to sleep but “when he went to wake her he found she wasn’t breathing.” That was around 4pm GMT (7am PDT) on Saturday.
When Amy was discovered in bed, not breathing, the emergency services were called immediately. The doctor was said to be “very shocked.”
As yet, no cause of death has been given and a post-mortem examination is expected to take place today. However, a preliminary police investigation apparently found no drugs paraphernalia at Amy’s London home where she died.
Ahead of the post-mortem examination expected to take place today, celebrity tributes have flooded in for Amy Winehouse.
Russell Brand, himself a reformed drug addict, has penned a touching (but very long) tribute to his friend Amy Winehouse. In it, he warned against romanticizing the singer’s tragic death. She is also named as a member of “The 27 Club,” a group of celebrities who all died tragically early at the age of 27. Other members include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
Brand said, “Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease. Not all addicts have Amy’s incredible talent. Or Kurt’s or Jimi’s or Janis’s, some people just get the affliction. All we can do is adapt the way we view this condition, not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill. We need to review the way society treats addicts, not as criminals but as sick people in need of care.”
He referred to Amy Winehouse’s “incredible talent.” That is widely acknowledged. What remains to be seen is if this singing star is yet another young life lost to drugs.