"Now Amy Winehouse is dead, like many others whose unnecessary deaths have been retrospectively romanticised, at 27 years old. Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease. Not all addicts have Amy's incredible talent. Or Kurt's or Jimi's or Janis's. Some people just get the affliction. All we can do is adapt the way we view this condition, not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill." - Russell Brand, a former drug addict, in a lengthy tribute to Winehouse posted on his website.
"Amy Winehouse was an artist of immense proportions and I am deeply saddened to learn of her tragic passing. She was an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist and I am truly devastated that her exceptional talent has come to such an early end. She was a lovely and intelligent person and when we recorded together she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance. I was honored to have the opportunity to sing with her. It had been my sincere hope that she would be able to overcome the issues she was battling and I send my deepest sympathy to her father Mitchell, her entire family and all of those who loved her."
"I was heartbroken to learn. I've only recently been made familiar in the last six months with her work, and I saw some very full-length documentaries on her performing. I knew she was a troubled young lady, but I had no idea how talented and beautiful she was. To lose someone at that age is just really heartbreaking, and no doubt, now that she's gone, people will appreciate her work. Because I thought she was quite talented."