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Russell Brand Remembers Amy Winehouse

Russell Brand Remembers Amy Winehouse

Russell Brand has penned a tribute to his late friend, Amy Winehouse, who died at the age of 27 on Saturday (July 23).

Here’s a bit of what Russell had to share about Amy:

  • “I’ve known Amy Winehouse for years. When I first met her around Camden she was just some twit in a pink satin jacket shuffling round bars with mutual friends, most of whom were in cool Indie bands or peripheral Camden figures Withnail-ing their way through life on impotent charisma.”
  • “To me, with my limited musical knowledge this information placed Amy beyond an invisible boundary of relevance; ‘Jazz singer? She must be some kind of eccentric,’ I thought. I chatted to her anyway though, she was after all, a girl, and she was sweet and peculiar but most of all vulnerable.”
  • “I was myself at that time barely out of rehab and was thirstily seeking less complicated women so I barely reflected on the now glaringly obvious fact that Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction.”
  • “Now Amy Winehouse is dead, like many others whose unnecessary deaths have been retrospectively romanticized at 27 years old. Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease.”
  • Russell‘s site is currently experiencing a huge surge of traffic, so if you can’t read the entire article at, it’s also available through Us Weekly.

    Pictured below are Amy and Russell in the awards room at the 2006 Q Awards in London, England.

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    32 Responses to “Russell Brand Remembers Amy Winehouse”

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    1. 1
      Victor Says:

      They told to an Australian Magazine the reason of the death: >> Check it !

    2. 2
      Flowers Says:

      Beautiful words.

    3. 3
      Dina Says:

      May you find peace Amy

    4. 4
      cece Says:

      beautifully written

    5. 5
      eyda Says:

      very beautiful words, love russell, hes amazing ;)

    6. 6
      Danielle Says:

      How lovely of Russell to write such a moving tribute. RIP Amy.

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      michelle Says:

      His stock just shot way the hell up in my book.

      I wish all you people who write hateful messages here and elsewhere **** talking celebrities that you don’t know, and don’t know what their story is….I wish you would all take a cue from Russell brand.

      Everybody hurts.

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      Annie Says:

      Very eloquently said Russell. Beautiful. I’d been deeply, deeply concerned about Amy ever since I saw footage of her last concert in Serbia – seriously, I saw this comming. It wasn’t just that she couldn’t sing anymore (and she couldn’t, her songs were slurred beyond recognition), it wasn’t just that she could barely stand, it wasn’t just that she looked deathly skinny and unhealthy (and yes, she looked like she should have been in hospital rather than onstage, I kept wishing the band would help the poor girl instead of keep playing)….it was that she had lost all her lifeforce, all her will to live and get better. The girl couldn’t even summon enough energy to be embarrassed about her performance – it was beyond that. Amy was ground into the dust, entirely burnt out. Amy, I really pray that now you are able to move on – whatever your demons are.

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      lola Says:

      So much classier than some fameho’s like Kim K declaring her love for Amy on twitter- UGH.

      May Amy finally find peace.
      ~ RIP~

    10. 10
      oz_angel Says:

      So beautiful and refreshingly honest and open. Nobody could have made Amy try to seek help if she wasn’t ready to admit to herself that she indeed had a problem. No matter how many times she went to rehab, she obviously wasn’t there to help herself, but to appease her desperate and worried family.

      Such a tragic and senseless waste.

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      scallywag Says:

      One could almost argue, the real art that this young woman had created wasn’t necessarily the music she had created, but the strange and obscene performance art piece she called her daily life. One can only wonder what type of morbid fascination the public had watching this woman again and again sink into self oblivion. But that perhaps was part of the appeal and expectation that one has of their stars. The idea that it can ultimately lead to a kind of capricious public death, or martyrdom hardly registers until we see the dead woman’s casket being hauled down the street and the world suddenly turns around and grieves violently as the final curtains of this woman’s life, performance comes to a close.

      A very bitter close indeed…

    12. 12
      Nosillyname Says:

      Rus, heart felt words…..bu why didn’t anyone close seek out a court order to ensure he’d safety?

      Her last performance was atrocious and know one done anything to protect her

      Even the unprotecable can be saved, anyway if it was my child I’m sure she would be in lock up or re hab or an institute being fixed as best she could

      This is sad but there s no shock factor as we allz seen it coming..

      My heart breaks for her family …it’s simply something that could have been avoided with tough love

      And I can’t say rip because she should be here oh. Amy wtf

      I am filled with grief about a person I never met and so relieved my adu,t children skipped the drug thing


    13. 13
      Nosillyname Says:

      Sorry for the above typo”s auto correct is on

    14. 14
      MangerBouger Says:

      Gracefully writen … people tend to forget the person behind the disease and Russel had the talent to restore her soul in a picturesque way. You are both amazing.

    15. 15
      JC Says:

      Very nice. I had no idea he could be so articulate and intelligent.

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      Tom Says:

      Just read the entire thing. So sad and honest. RIP Amy. Still seems so unreal.

    17. 17
      My eyes!!! Says:

      The part of his tribute I found to be most poignant: “When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.” For those who have lost a loved one to addiction, those words ring all to true.

    18. 18
      RIP Says:

      ..I’d like to know that your love
      is love I can be sure of
      so tell me now, cause I won’t ask again
      will you still love me tomorrow?_

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      andamentothat Says:

      RIP Amy. Russell, thank you for such a thought provoking tribute.

    20. 20
      Meen Says:

      I have alot of respect for him for this. Beautifully written tribute.

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      Cece Says:

      Wonderful tribute.Some reactions to her death have been awful, saying that she deserved it, or that she doesn’t deserve the sympathy because she “brought it on herself”, so i’m glad to read such beautiful and well written words about her.
      It’s sad that it’s often necessary to remind people that addiction is, indeed, a disease, that needs to be treated as such, and that it’s not always easy to seek help when people are so quick to judge you…

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      Annie Says:

      Not to diminish in any way from Amy’s tragic passing but – Britney Spears should take a look at this and feel deep gratitude for the amazing strength she summoned from within to fight these demons. I remember around 2009 I kept worrying I’d click on one of these sites and hear the same thing about Brit. Everyone who has ever hit rock bottom and turned around should realize what an amazing accomplishment it actually is. Many never make it.

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      TWPUMPKIN Says:

      What a friggen hypocrite! Russell is just like most of hollywood. They make movies and music videos with people getting high, drinking and driving, shooting up and then when one of them OD’s they talk about how sad it is.

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      sowhat284 Says:

      two ugly people

    25. 25
      slig o lambert^_______^ cute Says:


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