Reaction to death of Amy Winehouse

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

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“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.

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“It’s always unfortunate. An addiction is a very serious thing. Like a lot of people who die from addiction, the signs on the wall in behavior, and in the music, and in the behavior. It’s unfortunate no one was able to reach her.” _ George Lopez

“It’s sad when you see somebody that talented that passes away and doesn’t have to.” _ Jeff Foxworthy

“I have to say that as tragic as this is you can’t want someone to succeed unless that individual wants to, and she was on a downward spiral, and she resisted all help. So what can you do? She’s going to go down in history as tragic icon, a bit like Janis Joplin.” _ Tim Gunn

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