Amy Winehouse was found dead in her home on July 23, 2011. She was 27 years old. The funeral was scheduled for three days later and because it was my day off, I decided to check the tragedy a little more closely.
First I went to the house where she used to live in Camden, North London. Her car, a black BMW X5 was still parked in front of the house. Inside the car there was a can of Diet Coke, some papers and one of her favourite sneakers. The Camden Square sign was all tarred with farewell messages to the award-winning artist, famous for hits including ‘Rehab’ from the critically acclaimed album Back to Black.
A couple of hundred people were there paying their respect. Some brought flowers, candles and posters. Others cigarettes, beer and vodka. Apart from them, a few people were holding vigil for her by sitting on the square floor in front of her house drinking whisky and smoking.
After spending a few hours there, I went to Golders Green Crematorium where Amy’s body was cremated. At the door, journalists and photographers gathered from around the world. Some settled on top of the vans of the stations or on the trees branches. The fans were thrilled just for being a few meters from the last respects to the singer.
The ceremony was restricted to family and friends but at the end of it, the British DJ Mark Ronson, who produced Back to Black album came out by the front door. He wrote on his twitter: ‘She was my musical soulmate & like a sister to me. this is one of the saddest days of my life.’
Rest in peace.
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