Amy Winehouse: Life in Pictures

See the British singer's life remembered.

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Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London penthouse at the age of 27. Fans were struck by the tragic passing, and will remember her for the sultry, retro music she sang, as well as her notoriously troubled personal life. Click through to see pictures from the singer's musical career.
Amy was born in 1983 to cab driver Mitch Winehouse and pharmacist wife Janis in London. "She was always very self-willed," Mitch told Rolling Stone in 2007.
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In 2003, Winehouse released her first album, Frank, which had clear jazz influence, infused with rock and R&B.
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In 2004, Winehouse hadn't yet started to sport what would be her signature beehive, though she had gotten expelled from Sylvia Young Theatre School in 1996 for getting her nose pierced.
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Winehouse met Blake Fielder-Civil, who worked on local music videos, at a London bar. The two had a tumultuous romance. Here, they steal a kiss at Coachella Music Festival in 2003.
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Winehouse bumped elbows with some of Hollywood's elite, like Quentin Tarnatino.
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By 2007, Winehouse's music had spread like wildfire to the United States. Back to Black topped the charts at number 7. Here Winehouse is arriving to the 2007 MTV Movie Awards. A day after getting 3 nominations, Winehouse was rushed to the hospital, admitting it was a drug overdose. "I really thought I was on the way out," she told Stern.
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The news of her death also stunned Winehouse's ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, who reportedly turned the singer on to drugs during a turbulent relationship she often referenced in song. Civil, who is now serving a prison sentence for burglary, collapsed in his cell, according to the Sun. "I'm beyond inconsolable … my tears won't dry," the paper quoted Civil. "I will never ever again feel the love I felt for her."The on-again, off-again pair divorced in 2009.
Winehouse performed to massive crowds at Lollapalooza in 2007.
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Also in 2007, the singer tied the knot with longtime flame Blake Fielder-Civil after several will they/won't they moments. Winehouse said much of her inspiration for Back to Black came from their hiatus, when Fielder-Civil reconnected with an old lover.
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The singer was rumored to have battled with eating disorders.
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Winehouse and Fielder-Civil were arrested in Norway in 2007 and charged with possessing .25 ounces of marijuana. He was later arrested with charges of conspiracy, leaving the two spiraling in legal problems for years to come.
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In 2008, Winehouse won five Grammys (from six nominations), including Record of the Year. She performed hits "You Know That I'm No Good" and "Rehab" via satellite, thanking her mother, father, and husband ("my Blake incarcerated," she said).
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Time magazine named "Rehab" the Best Song of 2007. Writer Josh Tyrangiel praised Winehouse for her confidence, saying, "What she is is mouthy, funny, sultry, and quite possibly crazy," and "It's impossible not to be seduced by her originality."
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In 2008, she was arrested in London after allegedly headbutting a man outside of a pub. The singer was released the next day, though she was arrested weeks later with alleged drug possession.
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Winehouse attended court in London to face charges of common assault in March 2009. The soul singer was alleged to have attacked a fan at a charity ball in London in September 2008.
She was spotted in London in 2009 with various bands resembling hospital bracelets around her arm. The singer battled with alcohol and controlled substance addiction throughout her musical career.
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Winehouse was back in court in 2010 for assaulting the manager of a theatre in England. She was spared jail time when she appeared in court to plead guilty to the charges.
Winehouse's divorce from longtime love Blake Fielder-Civil was finalized in August 2009. Upon his request, Fielder-Civil received no money in the settlement. Winehouse was reportedly dating director Reg Travis, pictured here, shortly before her death.
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Winehouse received her first guitar when she was 13, and began writing music a year later. Winehouse's spokesman said the singer was learning to play drums for her next album. She reportedly spent her last night alive watching videos and playing drums for two hours in her Camden home.
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Winehouse's distinctive retro fashion style made her a muse for fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, whose models sported Amy-inspired beehives in a 2007 fashion show. “She is a beautiful, gifted artist," the designer said.
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Winehouse collaborated with many talented British artists, including Mark Ronson, pictured here. Winehouse was the vocalist on Ronson's song "Valerie," which peaked at number two in the U.K.
Winehouse performed in Belgrade, Serbia days before her untimely death. Posthumously, Winehouse's final album Back to Black has shot to the top of the charts.
Chris Goodman, a spokesman for Winehouse said the singer had canceled the rest of her European summer tour after an embarrassing appearance in Serbia. Winehouse's show in Belgrade on Saturday was supposed to be the first stop on a European summer tour. But she was jeered and booed as she stumbled around the stage unable to remember the lyrics to her songs.
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Some of the lyrics of Winehouse's top 10 hit "Rehab": "I don't never want to drink again, I just need a friend...They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no." Ironically, he singer had cancelled much of her latest tour to return to rehab.
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Winehouse was longtime friends with comedian Russell Brand. He expressed his grief on his website, writing, "Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman."
“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,” said Tony Bennett to US Weekly. “When we recorded together, she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance,” he said. “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,” Bennett said.
Lady Gaga posted on Twitter: “RIP to the amazing #amywinehouse. Such a talented singer.”
Amy Winehouse at the age of 2.
Winehouse had unsuccessfully tried to kick her alcohol and drug addictions by going to treatment facilities several times, with the latest being in May when she entered The Priory clinic in southwest London.
You can't deny she's always had a signature style, with her tattoos, dark eyeliner, bouffant 'do, and overall '50s-inspired aesthetic. Richard Martin, Fred Perry's Marketing Director, told WWD, "Amy has a unique sense of style that reflects the brand’s own historical reference points." Amy Winehouse tried her hand at creating a fashion line, aligning herself with British-based label Fred Perry. Amy told Glamour magazine of her line, "The collection I've done is so classic, because their style and my style are pretty much the same. Fred Perry is my be all and end all. I've always loved it, always worn it, and it feels like a living dream."
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Mourners gathered outside the Camden home of the singer on July 24, 2011. The beehived retro-pop soul singer was 27 years old.
Amy Winehouse's parents view floral tributes outside Camden Square in London. Her mother, Janis Winehouse, told the U.K.’s Sunday Mirror that her 27-year-old daughter’s death had been “only a matter of time.”“She seemed out of it. But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me,” said the elder Winehouse, who was with her late daughter the day before she died.
Flowers left by mourners outside the house of Amy Winehouse after her death
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At her funeral Tuesday, famous friends like Kelly Osbourne came to pay their respects. Osbourne sported a teased beehive, the singer's signature 'do, in tribute.
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Media photograph and film guests at the cremation of Amy Winehouse at Golders Green Crematorium in London.
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A mourner holds a photograph of Amy Winehouse on the way to a funeral service for the singer at Edgwarebury Lane cemetery.
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DJ Mark Ronson, who produced Winehouse's "Back to Black," was at the funeral. He called her a "sister" and a "musical soulmate."
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Faces were somber at the funeral.
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Winehouse's father, Mitch, said that the tributes from friends and fans had made the process "a lot easier." "Amy was about one thing and that was love. Her whole life was devoted to her family and friends and to you guys as well," he said to fans and press gathered outside the late singer's home.
Winehouse's death has sparked a renewed interest in her music, with sales of her bestselling album "Back To Black" soaring. Within hours of her death Saturday, the singer's hit 2006 album climbed to the top of the US and UK iTunes charts. An unfinished third album could be released posthumously, The Daily Telegraph reported.
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