One of the biggest downsides to the entertainment industry is that often times artists find themselves (over)indulging in substances. The story of a certain artist overdosing or committing suicide or dying in a drunken accident is certainly nothing new, but when it breaks, especially when the artist is a celebrated one, the news is always jarring and sobering.

Earlier today, Skynews reported on twitter that British singer Amy Winehouse passed away in her home; The Huffington Post later confirmed. Early allegations are that Amy succumbed to a drug overdose. Amy dropped a startlingly good debut album, Frank, back in 2003, and followed it up in 2006 with the slightly better but more commercially successful Back to Black. Back to Black, and especially its two lead singles, “You Know I’m No Good” and “Rehab,” would ultimately propel Amy into the national spotlight and into the ears and hearts of a new legion of fans. Sadly, Amy also suffered from a battle with the bottle and drugs in general. Many a time, she was the butt of “Rehab” and “WINEhouse” jokes for being involved in drunken altercations and even performing under the influence. But in spite of her vices, it was impossible to deny the power and soul in the voice behind such amazing cuts as “Tears Dry on Their Own” and “Love is a Losing Game.” Truthfully, an overdose wasn’t hard to predict but many fans hoped that The Black Beehive would get it in order just enough to give us at least one more album and herself another chance.

It’s hard to tell what’s more startling about this news: the fact that literally days ago, Amy returned to the stage briefly to perform with her goddaughter, emerging artist Dionne Bromfield; or the fact that Amy was only 27 years old when she passed, thus making her the newest member of “the 27 Club,” a list of star-crossed artists including Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix who all passed before their time due to death by overdose. It’s a tragic loss, and Amy will truly be missed. We’re declaring a moratorium on all “She should have said ‘yes, yes, yes’ to Rehab” jokes for at least a month.

In memoriam, we’ve posted below just one of Amy’s many great performances, her live cover of “Some Unholy War”:

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