In the end, Winehouse’s death was an accident, even if it seemed tragically inevitable. She was posthumously humanized more than most with the help of her family and, controversy aside, projects like the Oscar-winning documentary in 2015. Amy—than his parents, who appeared on this summer’s BBC Two documentary Pick up Amy, have disowned.
“She’s chosen her own path, we’ve suffered from trolls and damaging speculation – accusations that Mitch just wants to make money with his daughter, that we killed her, that we could have done more – that’s is completely wrong, “Janis wrote in OKAY! “But addiction is a mental illness and that’s the real bad guy in this story, I studied addiction and I understand it now.”
Yet while the appreciation for Winehouse’s musical production is endless, we also have an even greater idea of how his death turned out to be unfairly preordained. Fans loved her music and wanted more of her. But at the same time, people also ended up expecting her to explode, almost in a cartoonish way, some sort of death on TV, because no one was actually Hoping it would happen – and then she did. Her 27-year-old body couldn’t take it anymore.
The unfortunate end that people have been waiting for is exactly what they got.
Winehouse has propagated his own myth of the irreparably damaged artist from the start, recounting The Guardian in 2006, “If you are a musician and you have things that you want to bring out, you write music.
So we’ll never know if Amy Winehouse would have finally realized that the two didn’t need to be mutually exclusive, that perhaps one day she too could be “settled” without creative consequence. In the meantime, she did not suffer so much for her art that she thought that since she was suffering, she might as well do art.
She told E! News in 2007 that she didn’t care about having a reputation for being difficult or that her personal life was in the headlines. “I am on top,” she said. “I really like my record, you know. I’m really proud of it. If 10 other people like it, I’m happy.”
(Originally posted September 14, 2018 at 3:00 a.m. PT)