Amy Winehouse Dies – Some final thoughts

Literally within the last couple of hours, it has been announced that Amy Winehouse has died. She was found in her London home at around 4pm and her death has been described as ‘unexplained’.

It would be an understatement to say that the life she lived was chaotic, and it would be unfair to say that she wasn’t a talented musician and singer, who could have gone far.

Unfortunately this talent was not to go beyond the age of 27. Whilst I did quite enjoy her music, I’m afraid that I wasn’t shocked to hear the news of her death. It is horribly tragic that such a young woman with such talent was to die so young, but this is the way it is.

And I don’t know how popular I’d be in saying that the lifestyle she chose to lead ended up in total misery, upheaval, and ultimately death.

Celebrities often feel themselves to be above the law – and quite often, the law of this land lets them be above it. They are therefore able to take as many drugs as they want and drink all they like without any consequences. We all know of course that there are consequences for this sort of lifestyle, and the final results have been revealed today.

What a sad day for her family and friends! My heart and my prayers go out to them.

I don’t think Britain should be swept by all the emotional hype that will now pursue the news headlines, however. This country needs to know that these sort of stories will be increasingly in the news as our society fails to acknowledge the dangers of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, all in the name of ‘fun’.

Well, this situation isn’t very fun, is it? It’s horrific. And it’s high time that something worthwhile is done in order to stop alcoholism and drug abuse. Any parents or family members of the victims of drug and alcohol abuse will tell you this.

Let us remember Amy Winehouse for everything good about the young woman; her musical skill, her voice and everything she brought to the music industry.

But let us not forget the terrible choices she made all for the sake of a few hours of artificial ‘high’. And for these few hours, she paid so dearly.

Amy Winehouse 14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011

 

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • Lucy James

    I definitely agree with you about it being time something was done about alcoholism and drugs in this country Dean. Perhaps young people just aren’t educated about these sort of issues enough.
    This post is a very fitting tribute to Amy Winehouse, it is important not to forget she was a talented young lady but died for a reason that she didn’t have to.

  • Gribble the Munchkin

    It is a tradegy but i agree it wasn’t unexpected.

    I’d say that drug education at present is fatally flawed and that this flows from our silly drug laws. By making these substances illegal we have done several terrible things.

    1) we create a black market. You only have to look at prohibition in the US to see how criminals flourish when black markets are created. If we were to legalise all drugs the biggest losers would be organised crime. We’d annihilate the criminal community. Why would anyone buy drugs off a gangster when you could get your weed at a newsagents and be sure that it wasn’t cut with nasty stuff? The criminal dealers would very rapidly be put out of business by legitimate businesses selling cheaper, cleaner drugs.

    2) we could talk honestly with the kids about drugs. Going through uni, most people i know did drugs, even if only a little bit. I smoked weed myself and had a great time. When we lie to children about drugs (i.e. always bad) we become liars in their eyes because many of them will know froms friends and family that it is perfectly possible to enjoy drugs safely. We need to be abe to talk to the kids honestly, tell them the pros and cons. Admit that yes, many of their teachers did do drugs at university, some might even smoke a spliff or two on the weekend, but put it in context. Lying to children doesn’t work. They know we a re full of crap.

    3) All that money we spend on drugs enforcement could be funnelled into councilling and rehab to help those who get in over their heads. By removing the criminal element it would make it a lot easier to get off drugs as you’d remove an element of the shame.

     

    And we need to start treating alcohol like we treat other drugs. Its far more dangerous than weed and that needs to be publically acknowledged. Until we base our drugs policy on evidence, we’ll keep having these problems.