Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)
Her powerful contralto gave a voice to her eclectic blend of jazz, soul, and rhythm and blues. But in the end, it was not enough to save her. Recording artist Amy Jade Winehouse died earlier today, less then two months shy of her twenty-eighth birthday. As this is written, police have reported the cause of death to be "unexplained," but she has been known to have struggled with substance abuse and emotional illness. In a 2009 article in People magazine, her own father confessed that she had been "close to death" at least twice by that time.
May the Lord have mercy on her, and may she rest in peace.