These Stars Who Died Young Share A Chilling Connection - Grunge

The tragic final years of Amy Winehouse’s life were like a slow-motion car crash for her fans, who saw her deteriorate visibly as the strains of pop stardom took hold. Pursued mercilessly by the tabloid press, the British singer became known for her alcoholism and, eventually, her misuse of hard drugs, with the encroachment of the paparazzi into her private life reportedly taking a toll on her mental health. Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27.

Winehouse’s addiction issues didn’t come out of nowhere. In fact, her breakout single, “Rehab,” outlined exactly how she found herself choosing to resist treatment for, she believed, the sake of her career. In it, she sings: “They tried to make me try to go to rehab, I said no, no no … I ain’t got the time, and if my daddy thinks I’m fine…” As her manager Nick Shymansky noted for The Independent, the song mirrors real-life discussions about her health that were occurring among her team just as she was gaining international fame, but which were sadly derailed by those around her.

“Rehab,” which was released in October 2006 ahead of her Grammy-winning sophomore album “Back to Black,” now sounds horribly prescient. Not least the mention of her father, who has become something of a villain among her fanbase. As Shymansky points out, Winehouse was dead within five years of the song’s release, writing its unheeded warning all the greater.

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