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Posted Jul 23, 2011, 8:45 am
Troubled singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home Saturday, reports said.
The 27-year-old was found at about 4 p.m. The cause of death is unknown, the Daily Mail said.
"On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene," a police statement said. "At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained," police said.
Winehouse won five Grammy awards for her 2006 album "Back to Black."
In recent years, Winehouse's struggles with alcohol and drugs, and run-ins with the law, have overshadowed her musical career.
In June, she canceled her European tour, after an opening gig described as "the worst concert in the history of Belgrade."
Global Post reported at the time:
Winehouse turned up an hour late, frequently stumbled on stage (and was ultimately booed off it) and often fell behind in her songs, Reuters reports.
To make matters worse, she addressed the disgruntled crowd of 20,000 by saying, "Hello, Athens," according to MTV.
One Belgrade fan, writing on Winehouse's website, described her as "another punkass junkie and lush."
Winehouse, 27 — who became an overnight sensation with her 2006 hit single "Rehab" but subsequently fell from grace "crippled by substance abuse problems" — has canceled appearances this week in both Athens and Istanbul.
A statement from her spokesperson reportedly read:
"Despite feeling sure that she wanted to fulfill these commitments, she has agreed with management that she cannot perform to the best of her ability and will return home. She would like to apologize to fans expecting to see her at the shows but feels that this is the right thing to do."
Her next scheduled show is July 8 in Spain.
Winehouse's show came just weeks after she entered an alcohol rehab program at the Priory Clinic, according to People. Alcohol had reportedly been banned from the current 12-date tour.
Winehouse's last appearance on stage was to awkwardly dance and clap while her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield performed at the iTunes Festival in London on July 11. She refused to sing when Bromfield tried to pass her a microphone.
The singer had a troubled marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil that was plagued by drug arrests and addiction. The couple divorced in 2009.