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July 27, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Amy Winehouse dies at 27

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Troubled musicians a norm

Editor, The Times:

Amy Winehouse’s demise and death has become the norm the world’s troubled music business [“Amy Winehouse, British soul diva dies at 27,” News, July 24].

Whether it is rock or pop stars, most celebrities seem to have very serious problems with addiction, and it ends up killing them. Celebrity lives seems to be full of dazzling highs and devastating lows that cause them to crash out.

Their hectic lives make them unwell, discredit them and make many broke with huge tax bills as they desperately try to feed their bad habits. The music business is full of examples for others not to follow with a long string of very unhappy and malcontented artists.

The celebrity world is a world of delusion, both for the celebrity and their fans who worship their drug-fueled idols getting closer to the end with every performance they give. There can be little doubt that fame is degenerative in nature, as more and more cases are proving.

Winehouse has become another statistic in a long list of music-business celebrities who had very serious underlying problems, despite the success of their short-lived and very troubled careers.

— Maurice Fitzgerald, Shanbally, Co. Cork, Ireland

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