Neil McCormick: Amy had talent to burn but it burned her instead
When Neil McCormick met the singer in March, she seemed to be over the worst of her drug problems. Sadly, it was not so
What a deeply sad and utterly tragic waste of talent. When it comes to the premature deaths that crowd the dark iconography of pop culture ("The Stupid Club", as Kurt Cobain's mother called it), the death of Amy Winehouse at 27 is as bad as it gets.
I watched her arrive on the scene as a young, fresh and feisty newcomer, just bursting with music and spirit. She quickly blossomed into a major musical star who changed the landscape of modern pop culture but wilted in the heat of the spotlight.
She was an amazing musical artist, but also a deeply troubled soul. Sadly, the two all too often go hand in hand. Amy had talent to burn. Instead, it burned her.