Talented but troubled singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday, July 23. The 27 year-old, whose deep voice had always expressed a level of maturity and soulfulness that belied her age, was known to be struggling with drug addiction. In recent months, both her appearance and ability to perform live had deteriorated markedly.
Here she is in better days, making her American debut on The David Letterman Show in 2007. For more background on Winehouse’s life and work, you can also check out The Girl Done Good, a free documentary available at Snag Films. (Note: it is only available in the US and Canada.)
Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.