Lady Gaga has added her viewpoint the the deluge of tributes that have been paid to the late singer, Amy Winehouse on twitter and in the press. She said;
‘Amy changed pop music forever. I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she lived the blues.’ wrote Gaga on Twitter.
Meanwhile other celebrities, friends, collaborators and famous fans alike have been airing their feelings of loss. Here are just a few.
‘She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me. This is one of the saddest days of my life’ - Mark Ronson on Saturday
‘I can’t even breath right now I'm crying so hard. I just lost one of my best friends. I love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you’ - Kelly Osborne via twitter on Saturday.
‘It’s just beyond sad, there's nothing else to say. She was such a lost soul, may she rest in peace’ - Lily Allen
‘Devastated. I spent extraordinary times with Amy. She sang for me once for hours, it was the most beautiful and touching thing. A huge loss’ – said Dita Von Teese.
In a double page tribute in a newspaper this morning, Russell Brand eulogised her saying; ‘From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness. . . . A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened. . . .So now I knew. She wasn't just some hapless wannabe, She was a genius.’
Her old head teacher, Sylvia Young, of Sylvia Young Theatre School, where Winehouse was given a half-scholarship as a youngster, described her as a ‘a wild spirit’ who ‘was her own person’
Meanwhile, over at Amy’s house, tributes to the singer are piling up in Camden Square – cards, poems, piles of flowers and even gifts of vodka and cigarettes.
Her family said in a statement: ‘Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece’.
‘She leaves a gaping hole in our lives. We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time.’