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Amy Winehouse: Life, Death and The 27 Club

Updated on August 10, 2011
Credit: Google images
Credit: Google images

Another Great Artist Taken Too Soon

It shouldn't have been a shock. Even her parents lost hope. In 2008 her mother told the press they were preparing for her funeral. It didn't make it any less tragic. Another talented and gifted artist plagued by drug addiction and taken from the world too soon.

Some of us were waiting for Amy Winehouse's comeback. Despite the song that made her famous - She'd been in and out of rehab since the beginning of her career. Her battle with drugs was heartbreakingly public. Pictures of her smoking crack circulated around the internet a few years ago. Just recently she appeared to be snorting cocaine on stage. She even developed emphysthema in her early 20's.

Amy's parents tried intervening. Her parents had tried to get a court order in order to force her to get treatment. The courts wouldn't help. Even if they did, would it have been enough to save her? Sadly, the answer is probably no.

The 27 Club has a new member.
The 27 Club has a new member. | Source

The Infamous 27 Club

For those of you who haven't been paying much attention, Amy Winehouse was only 27 years old at the time of her death. The death of Amy Winehouse has got people talking about The 27 Club. The 27 Club is a name used to describe the famous musicians who died at the age of 27. The list includes music legends Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain. This 'club' is so glamourized that it's inspired painters, books and even a movie. A popular website on the Internet is dedicated to the unfortunate rock musicians. Kurt Cobain's mother was quoted saying after his suicide, "I told him not to join that stupid club."

Coincidence or not, the members of the 27 Club have more in common than just dying at the same age. They were all addicts and their addictions may have played a part in all of their deaths.

Jim Morrison died of heart failure. At 27 years old, that's not very common. Morrison was an alcoholic and also abused drugs. Although no autopsy was ever performed, most are in agreement that he overdosed.

Jimi Hendrix died from mixing sleeping pills and alcohol. Janis Joplin died from a heroin overdose. Kurt Cobain committed suicide while high on heroin.

Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones, was found dead at the bottom of his pool. He was a serious drug addict and beyond help. Whether it played a part in his death is unknown but again, many believe he was on drugs at the time of his death.

Amy Winehouse was a well known addict and her drug use was apparent from the beginning of her career. Her parents, perhaps out of desperation, spoke to the press about their concern for Amy and her problems.

The 27 Club, a glamorous club, indeed.

Left: Drug addiction stole Amy's youthful appearance and beauty.  To the right: A healthy, sexy Amy Winehouse before drug addiction took control of her life.   Credit: Google Images
Left: Drug addiction stole Amy's youthful appearance and beauty. To the right: A healthy, sexy Amy Winehouse before drug addiction took control of her life. Credit: Google Images

The Harsh Realities of Drug Addiction

An artist is more susceptable to drug addiction than the common person would be. Artists are sensitive, sometimes painfully so. Unfortunately, the world is not designed for sensitive people. Drugs and alcohol may help numb the harsh realities of life. In many cases, drugs work too well and leads to addiction.

Kurt Cobain spoke of his sensitivity in his suicide letter. Janis Joplin was haunted by a troubling childhood. Jim Morrison suffered a childhood trauma. People who knew Amy Winehouse speak of her generosity, kindness and sensitivity. She was nothing like the person we knew her to be.

Fans are critical of Amy Winehouse's parents. Many believe they should have done more to save her. Drug addiction is a disease and there is no easy fix. A person will not get help if s/he does not want the help. You can't force people to do anything if they don't want to do it. Even if a person admits they need help, there is no guarantee that they will succeed in getting clean.

The 27 Club is not to be glamourized. Each of these gifted musicians should serve as a cautionary tale of drug abuse and the lives addiction destroys.


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    • schoolgirlforreal profile image

      schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

      Sad..drugs are a form of self medication I think. Thanks for the hub, I didn't know about the 27 club. Hopefully this will inspire others.


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      amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

      Thanks for commenting. It is very sad. I hope you're right and this hub helps some people. Take care :)

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      Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

      Great hub. I'm a fan of Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix and I was just pondering why are they dying at the age of 27, and lo, you wrote this interesting hub. There is no need for another hub for the 27.

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      Boo McCourt 5 years ago from Washington MI

      Great hub on such a tragic thing. All the people you mentioned were great entertainers and it is sad they lost their lives at such a young age. Great article. Tweeted and voted up.

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      amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

      Thanks crazybeanrider! I appreciate you Tweeting my hub and glad you liked this so much!

      @binaya- thank you for reading. It is weird that they all died at 27. I was surprised too when I learned of the 27 club.

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      Johnkadu123 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      A great voice destroyed by a flawed personality. Amy Winehouse was definitely imperfect but also irreplaceable.

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      amymarie_5 4 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hi Johnkadu,

      I agree. I was a fan of her music, she is most definitely irreplaceable.

      Hope more people become aware of how these kinds of drugs can destroy a person.

      Thanks for writing. I appreciate your comment.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      I love Amy Winehouse so much i frequently visit the final resting place for her and to pay silent tribute to the Diva herself.

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      Anwar 2 years ago

      These photos are alsboutely amazing. I love them. They definitely are a tear-jerker .in a good way. Kim & Andrew are such an attractive couple. Amy, you are extremely talented and I enjoy looking at your work. Cheers!

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      amymarie_5 2 years ago from Chicago IL

      Thank you so much for the comment and compliment, Anwar. I agree, this is a sad subject. I was a big Amy Winehouse fan. I was so sad to hear that she had passed. It inspired me to write this article. Take care!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      I never visit the Hawley Arms pub anymore or even Camden Town itself, simply out of respect for the dearly departed. Just on the 27 club though, far too many co incidences here.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 24 months ago from London England

      A film is due to be released on the life of the late Amy Winehouse. Repose in peace, Amy.

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