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Singer Amy Winehouse Dies in London

Samir Hussein/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Troubled singer Amy Winehouse, 27, has been found dead at her home in London.  The cause of death is still unknown.

Credited with revitalizing British pop with her new twist on classic soul music, Winehouse had success in her native UK with her debut album Frank, but it was her second album, Back to Black, which made her a worldwide superstar.  That album, and its hit single "Rehab," won Winehouse five Grammys in 2008, the most ever captured by a female British artist.

Following that triumph, Winehouse's self-destructive behavior turned her life into a tabloid nightmare, with drug and alcohol abuse, arrests, several trips to rehab and many missed concert appearances, most recently last month, when she was booed at a gig in Serbia for reportedly being too drunk to perform.  Her European tour was subsequently canceled.

Though Winehouse was said to be working on a new album for the past several years, it never appeared. Other artists, including Adele and Lady Gaga, have said that Winehouse paved the way for them to top the charts.

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