British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

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British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by Ben » Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:26 am

Troubled British singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her flat in north London, police said. She was 27 years old.

The soul singer struggled with drink and drug addictions. Her death is being treated as unexplained.



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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by bodom » Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:07 am

A sad situation. May she have a favorable rebirth and may her family and friends get through this tough time.

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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by mikenz66 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:37 am

Unfortunately, I only ever encountered the classically self-destructive aspect of her life. I'm sure there was a lot more...

What is it with age 27?
Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, ...

Winehouse is the latest addition to this page:
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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by Ben » Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:46 am

Such a waste. All very sad.
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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by plwk » Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:53 am

Anicca, dukkha, anatta...May she encounter Dhamma and attain liberation :anjali:

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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by David2 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:13 am

It seems like the 20s are a critical age...
You either abandon bad habits (like drug taking) or you don't...
If you don't it is very dangerous that your bad habits intensify... which will increase the probability of death.
So encountering the teachings of the Dhamma in your 20s is perfect timing I guess.

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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by retrofuturist » Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:37 am

Greetings,

She'd been one of the living dead for a few years now... for her to be biologically dead too seems perfectly normal.

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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by Fede » Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:26 pm

I had been thinking along the same lines, Retro.
Death-wish and all that...someone didn't want to improve or modify, focus or re-build....

on a path to self-destruction, if ever there was such a case....

My first thoughts when hearing the news were "I knew it.... just a matter of when...."

Sadly, no :jawdrop: there.....
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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by David2 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:48 pm

Fede wrote: My first thoughts when hearing the news were "I knew it.... just a matter of when...."
Well, there is always the chance that even the most miserable person changes his lifestyle and gets to the bright side of life.
Currently, I am reading the autobiography by Ven. Rahula.

Like Amy Winehouse, he took many drugs and also committed small crimes when he was young... then, he took a meditation course, changed his life, and became a buddhist monk in the end. :)

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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by BlackBird » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:02 pm

By god she could sing though.

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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by Magpie » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:31 pm

It is sad. She grew up in my neighborhood. I wasn't very interested in her, but always hoped she would recover from addiction.

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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by manas » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:50 pm

I would not want to judge Winehouse's level of wakefulness during her troubled life. We should be very careful not to look at people like her and assume that 'we are practising dhamma, and she wasn't'. What, did we see inside her heart, that we can make such judgements? Ok, she did drugs...but if we do judgement, and spiritual pride, that's hardly very enlightened either.
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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by adosa » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:32 am

manasikara wrote:I would not want to judge Winehouse's level of wakefulness during her troubled life. We should be very careful not to look at people like her and assume that 'we are practising dhamma, and she wasn't'. What, did we see inside her heart, that we can make such judgements? Ok, she did drugs...but if we do judgement, and spiritual pride, that's hardly very enlightened either.

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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by bukowski » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:36 am

Hi all. I work with people with drug addiction issues. It's a very complicated area, with many individual causes, and many routes to recovery. A large number of people do recover from their addiction issues, but it seems to be a chronically relapsing condition, and requires a change of life and lifestyle to fully recover.

A number of my clients have lost their lives through this condition. Many have recovered against the odds and the expectations of those around them.

A death like this is always sad, and deserves our compassion.

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Re: British singer Amy Winehouse found dead

Post by Tex » Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:00 pm

A shame, indeed.

May her next life be filled with more peace than this one was.

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