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Forever 27

The sad news came in on Saturday that Amy Winehouse had passed away. Although not shocking due to her well documented long battle with drink and drugs it was a tragic end to a talented singer who just couldn’t seem to shake her demons.

It also means that Amy joins the group of big talents who met tragic ends – the Forever 27 club. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Brian Jones all met similar tragic ends at the age of 27. Amy was born in the same year as me 1983 but whilst I’ve celebrated my 28 birthday she and the others in this group never will.

I don’t think we’ll ever understand why so many lives have been cut so short or why people so blessed with talent seem to throw it all away on drugs and a life of reckless abandon. Sure we can blame the hangers on who encourage their party lifestyles or the drug dealers who supply their habits or the media who make sure they publicize every stumble but ultimately they made the choice to go down the path and refuse to get the help they needed.

Reports are coming in that Amy just gave up caring about herself and whether she would live or die. She even reportedly mentioned the Forever 27 club to those around her, feeling sure she would join it and actually thinking it would be better to go out at the height of her fame. She has ensured she will be remembered for her outstanding album “Back to Black” – which is already back up at no.1 over here – and maybe she will now finally find her peace.

Vix

xx

***New playlist added on the Playlist page – work out mix***

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34 thoughts on “Forever 27”

  1. Great post. Maybe sometimes talent can only survive for a short time before it simply burns out.

  2. I love Back to Black, so much more than the Rehab song which I never really got into it. Regardless of her lifestyle, very sad to lose someone, especially when so young and talented. I felt horrible for her father who just flew into NYC and then had to wait at the airport to board another plane back to London. All the paparazzi kept snapping photos of him, I’m like cmon, the man’s daughter just died!

  3. So sad to lose people this way…unfortunately few of those without talents like that are noticed except to those that love them, but it happens all the time.

  4. Absolutely tragic. I worried about this after seeing her trainwreck performance in Belgrade was it? She had just gotten out of rehab and her handlers made her perform right away. I know she made her own decisions, but they didn’t have her interests at heart. May she finally be at peace.

  5. I feel bad for poor Amy, but I think it’s the drug abuse is something endemic of her own personal problems. Something that she wanted to but ultimately couldn’t overcome. It’s just so tragic that someone so talented and young gave up on themselves. I hope she can find peace at some point.

  6. I was so shocked at the news. I haven’t been following Amy in a while so I thought she’s gone sober after rehab. Who knew….. It’s so sad. Such a talent she was. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. The news of her passing was a bit jarring, but at the same time it wasn’t surprising (which is actually quite sad). She was so talented, but so troubled. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the amount of success she had and the amount of struggle she went through. I’m 27. I haven’t accomplished nearly what she did, but I also haven’t spiraled out of control, you know? I am thankful we still have her music, but it’s bit disheartening when you think of all the art that could have been, and the life she might have had if she were able to make it past all of her struggles.

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