Alcohol, loneliness, fondly remembered by Tony Bennett and thousands of people who have had her tattooed: it was around now, 7 years ago, that we lost a true jazz artist.
The heart of Amy Winehouse, one of the major voices of the third millennium, stopped beating at 3.53 in the afternoon on 23rd July 2011. She was in her bed at home at 30 Camden Square, and she hadn’t yet turned 27 when she was taken from us.
The cause of death was uncertain right from the outset and it was not till a month later, on 24th August, that the family announced to the media that the autopsy had revealed no trace of drugs, only alcohol, but not in sufficient quantity to be able to establish it as the cause of death.
One of the first to pay his respects on the passing of the diva was the famous crooner Tony Bennett, at the time eighty-five years of age. “Lately, she hadn’t been living: Amy had figured it out but people were still unaware of it. She was the only artist who sang just right because she was a true jazz artist. One of the genuine ones.”.
Bennett came out with this heartfelt comment because just a few months previously, he had recorded a duet with the English singer, an amazing cover of the standard Body and Soul. The album it was to appear on, ‘Duets II’, would come out that autumn to universal praise.
The funeral, a Jewish religious ceremony celebrated on 26th July at the Edgwarebury Jewish Cemetery, was attended by her parents, a few friends and her trusted producer Mark Ronson and the singer Kelly Osboune, daughter of Ozzy. Her ashes were scattered together with those of her grandmother Cynthia who had died five years earlier from serious pulmonary problems.
Finally, on 27th October, the long-awaited results of the toxicology exams were released. The verdict was shocking: the alcohol is her blood was five times the normal rate. The main cause of death was what is known as “stop and go”, a massive consumption of alcohol after a prolonged period of abstinence.
Amy Winehouse, a tragic heroine and one of those voices that people will be listening to a hundred years from now. And since she left us, the world of pop, soul and jazz has never ceased to celebrate her talent. And nor have tattoo lovers forgotten her either.