Breaking news: Amy Winehouse dead at 27.

Saturday, 23 July 2011
Source: National Public Radio (online)
Date: 23 July 2011

British soul singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her London home at the age of 27. No cause of death has been given yet. It's a sad coincidence 27 was also the age at death of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.

She was only mentioned once in the American supermarket rags in the past year and a half in a grab bag "Hollywood out of control" story in the Enquirer this past February. It did not say she was marked for death. Back in early 2010 after the death of Brittany Murphy, the Globe put together a list of young celebrities who could also die soon. Winehouse was not on the cover. Given how old the Globe's demographic is, the readers might never have heard of Winehouse.

This is another way the tabloids suck at predicting death. She was clearly more of a mess than Whitney Houston or Lisa Marie Presley or Marie Osmond for pity's sake, but the magazines didn't think their readers knew who she was. It's a very limited slice of the celebrity world that gets covered in the Only Ten Magazines That Matter.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Amy Winehouse, from a fan.


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