(Amy Winehouse, performing via satellite during the 2008 Grammys.)
Sad news from London today that Amy Winehouse - the oft-troubled R&B and soul singer - has been found dead in her Camden apartment. She was 27. For all the attention Amy got for her offstage antics, she was one of the most prodigiously talented musicians of the new soul revival, nearly sweeping the 2008 Grammys in absentia and inspiring singers three times her age to pick up the microphone again. (Ronnie Spector sang "You Know I'm No Good" when I saw her in 2009 at B.B. Kings.) A terrible waste; more details as they become available.
P.S. Julia Werdigier in the Times makes the startling observation that Winehouse is not the first singer to die at 27: Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones all passed away at the same age. Also, Ben Sisario has a nice obit here; no indication if this - like so many other Times obits - was written in advance of Ms. Winehouse's demise.