When Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, she had not released a new album in five years, since she put out her landmark, multi-Grammy-winning classic Back in Black雷电竞娱乐 in 2006. That Winehouse was just 27 years old when she died underscored her sheer natural brilliance, the meteoric nature of her rise and the wrenching tragedy of her downward spiral and ultimate fall.

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Winehouse knew it was her destiny to make music

Winehouse was always a rebel, bent on doing things her way; in the Oscar-winning documentary Amy, her mother Janis admits that she was determined and stubborn even as a small child. When her parents split up, Winehouse declared her own independence, collecting tattoos, smoking marijuana and cutting school. The only future she saw for herself was as a musician, and she poured her soul into writing deeply confessional lyrics and singing around London, her hometown. She was a unique talent, a jazz fanatic with the voice of a soul singer, and she was quickly signed by Island Records.

Frank, Winehouse’s first album, came out in 2003 when she was only 20-years-old. It was an instant hit, rising to No. 3 on the British Billboard chart and earning her both awards and financial freedom. It hinted at her propensity for drinking and indulging in other vices — the song “Mr. Magic,” the hidden last track of that album, was about substance abuse — but it was in the aftermath of its success that Winehouse truly began the struggle with narcotics and liquor that would inspire her greatest work and then steal the generational talent that had made it so transcendent.

Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2007, in Universal City, California

雷电竞娱乐Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2007, in Universal City, California

She thrived in the chaos of her relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil

Suddenly flush with a six-figure advance that would soon be followed by much larger paychecks, Winehouse , long the mecca for punk musicians, drug dealers and people who enthusiastically consumed both their products. With little to do but work on her music, she embraced the local scene with open arms, becoming a regular at its pubs — her , unique to the pub The Hawley Arms. It was during this time that she met Blake Fielder-Civil, a charming addict who became the center of Winehouse’s world and her most dangerous addiction.

. “She just sounded completely different. Her personality became more distant. And it seemed to me like that was down to the drugs. When I met her she smoked weed but she thought the people who took class-A drugs were stupid. She used to laugh at them.”

Pain was Winehouse’s muse and her combustible relationship with Fielder-Civil provided plenty of inspiration. He and other hard drugs; she had his name tattooed over her right breast and he inked hers behind his right ear. Theirs was an on-and-off relationship at first, as they were frequently separated by his infidelities and stints in prison.

. “You don’t want to be settled, because when you’re settled you might as well call it a day.”

To put a finer point on the idea that she sought out chaos, whether through impulse or conscious focus, she also told an interviewer that year that “it sounds such a wank thing to say, but I need to get some headaches goin’ to write about.”

The grief and turmoil fueled her creativity, and the tumult with Fielder-Civil would inspire many of the lyrics in Back in Black, her heartbreak, frustrations, and unhealthy addictions belted out over the sounds of ‘60s girl groups. The most famous of the songs, “Rehab,” would prove to be apocryphal.

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Despite several attempts to go to rehab, Winehouse continued to spiral out of control

雷电竞娱乐In the fall of 2005, Godwyn had seen enough of his client and close friend stumbling through Camden and closer and closer to the edge of squandering her talent, not to mention her life. He tried to convince her to go to rehab, but she that she didn’t need the detox time, so the effort itself was very short-lived. The song it prompted, however, became Winehouse’s most iconic tune, an anthem for her way of life and ultimate demise.

of the United States, where she played festivals and made TV appearances that were increasingly erratic and then disastrous. Her U.S. tour was canceled due to “exhaustion.” In October 2007, Winehouse and Fielder-Civil were arrested in Norway for marijuana possession, and in December, she was photographed wandering around Camden in just her bra and jeans, looking emaciated. Soon after, in January 2008, footage of the showed up in the English tabloid The Sun.

, though she never spent time in jail.

Cigarettes, alcohol and photos are left with flowers and messages on July 24, 2011, near the house in north London where the body of Amy Winehouse was found the previous day

Cigarettes, alcohol and photos are left with flowers and messages on July 24, 2011, near the house in north London where the body of Amy Winehouse was found the previous day.

Winehouse' blood alcohol level was more than five times the legal limit when she died

The world watched as Winehouse malfunctioned, her saga growing sadder by the month. She and was diagnosed with emphysema, a shocking warning that more smoking and drinking would permanently ruin her natural gifts.

The message didn’t take; Winehouse was booed off the stage at gigs around the world when she was too drunk to perform and canceled more concerts than she played. She left the stage in the middle of a performance in St. Lucia in early 2009, unable to remember lyrics and, in her own words, “bored.” Winehouse’s commitment to record a song for the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace雷电竞娱乐 fell through, and while she claimed to have quit doing drugs in 2008, alcohol became her constant companion.

There were bright moments, including performances for Nelson Mandela’s birthday and stretches of sobriety, when she’d begin working on new material and perform in successful concerts and TV broadcasts. But then she’d fall back into her old ways, with more assault charges and personal drama. Fielder-Civil filed for divorce in 2009, citing Winehouse’s infidelity. A new album promised for 2010 never transpired, and aside from a song she recorded with Tony Bennett, she never did record more music.

Winehouse checked back into rehab in the spring of 2011, emerging in May with hope of putting it all back together. But her final performance was a shambolic disaster in Belgrade, Serbia in early June and she was found dead in her dirty, dingy home on July 23. That fall, the coroner announced that she’d died of accidental alcohol poisoning, as her blood alcohol level was .416% at the time of her death.