A Witch is knee-deep in her feelings right now. British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment in London today. The police report does not specifically name Winehouse but says:
Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found 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.
We all know Winehouse battled years of addiction and had been in rehab several times for cocaine withdrawal symptoms among other things.
She embarked on a European tour this summer but was forced to cancel it after horrible reviews and seeming “out of it” on stage. Photos surfaced recently showing her in better condition but, alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Her death probably isn’t a surprise to many but it’s still sad, nonetheless. Her “Frank” and “Black To Back” albums were the soundtracks to my life when I was going through love woes or just needed to dance around the house. I’m sad that we’ll never really know her full potential. She now rests with other music greats who fell victim to the lifestyle, cutting short their musical legacies. Taste The Brew for some Amy videos
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Nathaniel Hale (aka Nate Dogg), one of hip hop’s most noted hook singers has died. Nate passed away Tuesday at the age of 41 after years of health issues. He was one of the voices that put the whole “G-Funk” era on the map, making Death Row Records a force in the ‘90s and earning him four Grammy nods. The cause of death hasn’t been announced but Nate suffered a massive stroke in 2007 that left him partially paralyzed. He had a second stroke in 2008.
Twitter proved to be a credible news source tonight in the worst of ways. Ron Isley, Sheila E., CNN’s Roland Martin and entertainment reporter Jawn Murray were on their grind confirming some very sad news before any of the mainstream press: 54 year old R&B legend Teena Marie died in her home, reportedly in her sleep. Her daughter found her in her bedroom some time today. She had reportedly suffered a seizure last month. Radio stations in Philadelphia and Chicago have also confirmed the very sad news. Taste The Brew for more
Anybody who knows their Parliament Funkadelic history remembers Garry Shider. Of course, you probably recall him as the man in the diaper next to George Clinton. Shider, who was the longtime musical director of the P-Funk, died yesterday after a battle with brain and lung cancer. Turns out, Shider died at his home in Upper Marlboro, MD, just outside Washington, DC. Who knew this guy was so close to the Witches’?
Shider, a guitarist, was just 56 years old. Fans will know him as “Starchild” and, of course, “Diaperman.” He met George Clinton when he was just a teenager at a barber shop and the rest is legendary musical history. Shider co-wrote and provided vocals on P-Funk’s greatest hits… including this little ditty.
URB Magazine put together a nice list of the 5 hip hop classics that wouldn’t exist without the funky basslines from Shider and the P-Funk. Taste The Brew to take a stroll down memory lane… Read the rest of this entry »
Sad news on the opening day of the World Cup in South Africa.
Nelson Mandela’s 13-year-old great-granddaughter Zenani was killed in a car crash early this morning as she was returning home from Thursday night’s kick-off concert.
Police say Zenani died in a one-car accident on a Johannesburg highway. The man behind the wheel, was accused of drunk driving and may also be charged with culpable homicide.
This is the first time the World Cup is being played in Africa and the former president’s appearance at the opening today was to be a high point for the country. But, naturally, Mandela canceled his appearance at the World Cup today to be with his mourning family.
Our prayers are with them.
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