Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment in London today.
Multiple sources confirm that the singer is the woman in this press release from the Metropolitan Police, which doesn't specifically name her:
"Police were called by Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 just before 16 hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman deceased."
"On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death."
"At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained."
Amy Winehouse famously battled serious addiction to hard drugs and alcohol and was in and out of rehab several times throughout the years.Winehouse shot to fame with the 2006 album Back to Black, whose blend of jazz, soul, rock and classic pop won five Grammys and made her a star.
Unfortunately, a turbulent marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil and overall self-destructive habits overshadowed her distinctive talent in the years since.
Tabloids and the public became riveted by her erratic stage appearances, drunken fights, stints in hospital and rehab clinics, her performances increasingly rambling, stumbling train wrecks - and cause for concern.
Just last month, Winehouse canceled her upcoming European tour after an awful performance in Serbia where she seemed completely out of it.
Sadly, this story is almost shocking because it is not shocking.
Her talent will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace.
UPDATE: There were no signs of foul play in the death of Winehouse, Scotland Yard reports. It is still too early to determine cause of death.
An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow.
UPDATE #2: Sources connected with the investigation say paramedics found "signs of life" when they arrived at Winehouse's home this afternoon, but the singer died before they could transport her out of there.
The exact nature of the "signs of life" are unclear.
According to reports, police are "operating under the suspicion" this an overdose, although they will not say on the record until the autopsy.
Superintendent Raj Kohli said, "Next of kin have been informed, and I can confirm that officers are now satisfied the deceased is [Amy]."
As for the cause of death, and the (fair) speculation from the public that Winehouse may have OD'ed, Kohli said the following:
"I am aware of reports suggesting this is the result of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to re-emphasize that no post-mortem examination has yet taken place and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death."