Amy Winehouse, R.I.P.

The Village Voice | July 23, 2011
Many in the online peanut gallery are saying that the death of Amy Winehouse was "inevitable"—that the gamut of her gossip-page-worthy problems was going to result in sadness no matter what. It is hard, as someone who has watched the music news cycle up close for the past few years, to think that she hadn't already had enough tragedy befall her, to wonder if this particular closing chapter wasn't preventable somehow by not rushing her back to the stage when she clearly wasn't ready, or if the point-and-gawk cycle was just too powerful.

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