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Singer Amy Winehouse dead at 27

Amy Winehouse’s sudden death at the age of 27 has now earned her membership in a music club of dubious distinction. She’s now a part of the “27 Club,” so named for a group of memorable musicians who all died at the age of 27. Whenever evoked, that list usually includes names like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. While she may not have been as prolific as some of her 27 Club counterparts, Winehouse’s retro-soul appeal was often hailed as influential in her brief, but successful career. Contemporaries such as Lady Gaga, Adele, Duffy and Lily Allen have all cited Winehouse as an influence on their work.

News of Winehouse’s death pushed social networking sites into overdrive on Saturday with artists and fans from all walks of life weighing in on the tragic loss. Rapper Nicki Minaj, rocker Dave Navarro, country singer LeAnn Rimes and pop star Selena Gomez were among the many who took to Twitter to respond with their thoughts and condolences. While there has been no announcement of an official cause of death as yet, Winehouse’s battle with substance abuse has been well-documented over the years. She was found dead at her home in London on Saturday.