Reaction to death of Amy Winehouse

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Some statements on soul-jazz singer Amy Winehouse, who was found dead Saturday at her London home:

“She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me. This is one of the saddest days of my life.” _ Producer Mark Ronson, who has worked closely with the singer


“She was one of a kind and we were fortunate to have had the chance to make music with her. She was always gracious and a pleasure to work with in the studio and on the road. She brought a lot of people joy with her voice and her irreverent personality. It is a tragedy that she was taken from us so soon when she had much more music to give.” _ The Dap-Kings, a funk band that played on the singer’s second album.


Amy Winehouse was an artist of immense proportions and I am deeply saddened to learn of her tragic passing. She was an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist and I am truly devastated that her exceptional talent has come to such an early end. She was a lovely and intelligent person and when we recorded together she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance. I was honored to have the opportunity to sing with her. It had been my sincere hope that she would be able to overcome the issues she was battling and I send my deepest sympathy to her father Mitchell, her entire family and all of those who loved her.” _ Singer Tony Bennett, who recorded the classic pop standard ” _ Body And Soul” with Winehouse at Abbey Road Studios in London in March


“Five-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse was a dynamic performer and musician who seamlessly blended rock, jazz, pop, and soul and created a sound all her own. Her rich, soulful and unique voice reflected her honest songwriting and earned her a devoted fan following, critical acclaim, and the genuine respect and admiration of her musical peers. She will forever be remembered for her immense talent, and her music will live on for generations to come. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.” _ The Recording Academy


“We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist, performer and friend. Our prayers go out to Amy’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.” _ Winehouse’s U.S. label Universal Music Group


“I was honored then and I am now that I had the opportunity to share the same tour and stage with Amy this year in Brazil … At our first meeting she was very shy, a sweet girl. Her first words to me were, `It’s so nice to meet you finally, I’m shy, you’re a shy girl like me, huh?’ … I am so happy for her recordings as we will forever get to hear a rare talent with a voice all her own. There will never be a tone or vocal delivery like Amy‘s. May her music and voice live forever.” Janelle Monae, Grammy-nominated singer


“I was heartbroken to learn. I’ve only recently been made familiar in the last six months with her work, and I saw some very full-length documentaries on her performing. I knew she was a troubled young lady, but I had no idea how talented and beautiful she was. To lose someone at that age is just really heartbreaking, and no doubt, now that she’s gone, people will appreciate her work. Because I thought she was quite talented.” _ Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola speaking in an interview at Comic-Con in San Diego, where he was showing footage of his new film “Twixt”.


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