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Singer Amy Winehouse's death shakes music world

Amy Winehouse hadn't released an album in four years, hadn't had a hit in just as long, and when she performed on stage, the headlines she usually drew were for atrocious performances. ¶ Still, she transfixed others. ¶ On Monday, the entertainment world continued to be focused on Winehouse, who died Saturday in London at age 27.

STILL NO CAUSE OF DEATH: On Monday, police said an autopsy could not establish what killed her. The next step is advanced toxicology tests, and results from those will take two to four weeks. Meanwhile, a coroner's official in London also said Monday "the scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious," according to an MSNBC report.

'SHE DIED ALONE IN BED:' On Sunday, her U.K. representative, Chris Goodman, told TMZ that Winehouse was found alone in her bed by a bodyguard. "She was in her bedroom after saying she wanted to sleep, and when he went to wake her he found she wasn't breathing," Goodman said. "He called the emergency services straight away. He was very shocked. At this stage no one knows how she died. She died alone in bed."

PARENTS THANK FANS: Winehouse's parents formally identified her body on Monday and visited mourners outside her north London home. The singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, thanked people for coming to lay bouquets, candles and handwritten notes. "I can't tell you what this means to us — it really is making this a lot easier for us," he said. "We're devastated and I'm speechless, but thanks for coming." The singer's mother, Janis, had seen her daughter the day before her death. "She seemed out of it. But her passing so suddenly hasn't hit me," Janis told reporters. Amy's last words to her mother were "I love you, Mum." A family spokesman says a private funeral will be held today for family and close friends; the ceremony's time and place will not be made public.

BAD TASTE: Microsoft has apologized for a tweet about Winehouse from its Xbox 360 PR Twitter account. The post encouraged fans to remember the singer by buying her album, Back to Black, from Microsoft's Zune store. Twitter fans weren't amused, responding that it was in "appalling taste." An hour after the initial tweet, Microsoft apologized in a new tweet: "Apologies to everyone if our earlier Amy Winehouse 'download' tweet seemed purely commercially motivated. Far from the case, we assure you." Back to Black, which was released five years ago, hit No. 1 in sales again Monday on iTunes.

'FOR AMY:' Count actor and comedian Russell Brand as an admirer and friend who felt the need to sound off on her death. In a long blog post titled "For Amy" on his official website, Brand (who also has fought with addiction) wrote: "When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they've had enough, that they're ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it's too late, she's gone."

This report contains material from the Associated Press, MSNBC, Huffington Post and the U.K.'s Telegraph.

Singer Amy Winehouse's death shakes music world 07/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:04am]
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