Amy Winehouse´s fans honour her memory in London 10 years after her death

Amy Winehouse´s fans honour her memory in London 10 years after her death

Reese Fielding, like other Amy Winehouse fans, went to Camden, where a statue of the British Soul star is erected, in honor of the 10th anniversary of her death.

Fans of the star, known for her melodious voice, retro hairstyle and tumultuous life, flock to this north London neighborhood where their idol lived for years before her death on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27 from heavy alcohol consumption.


"I like to listen to her music when I´m going through tough times," she tells Reese. "It helps me and reflects how I feel."
The 16-year-old added, “It is very important to remember and honor Amy for what she has done. The public mentions her as a drug addict. But we must acknowledge her talent, style and positions that no one else has dared to take.”

Infused with soul and jazz, the lyrics of Winehouse´s songs have always reflected her own experiences. However, her addiction problems eventually overshadowed her performance, with less frequent appearances due to alcohol and drug use, and attracted photo hunters seeking pictures of her at her worst tabloid looks.

After years of battling addiction problems and several attempts to stop consuming alcohol and drugs, the multi-award winning singer for her 2006 album Back to Black was found dead in her London apartment.
Her devotees erected a shrine decorated with letters, roses and balloons in front of her former residence.

"I´ll never get tired of listening to her music," said Alan Trevitt, a retired 66-year-old who wore a T-shirt with Amy Winehouse´s face on it with the words "Queen of Camden" on it. She was the most talented composer, songwriter and singer of her generation.”

Yellow, red and pink roses are scattered at the bottom of her metal statue, in a nod to the flowers she wore in her hair.
“Amy passed away ten years ago and I decided to come to celebrate this occasion and live in this atmosphere,” says Grace Newnam.
"She did what she liked and didn´t get upset about anything and I appreciate her unique nature and miss her very much," says the 21-year-old.

Many, like Newman, take pictures in front of the statue to commemorate these moments.
"I´ve always felt close to her, as I come from Camden," admits Ravi Vyas. And this jazz girl perfectly represented the spirit of the neighborhood.”

The 26-year-old notes that Amy Winehouse "brings a lot of emotion, realism, and honesty to the surface music industry."
"I remember crying a lot the day she died, and I wasn´t even in the neighbourhood," he says. Today, 10 years later, it is time for me to offer my condolences.”

Sam Shiker, owner of the Jazz After Dark pub in central London, decorated the walls with pictures of the singer who brought the likes of Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and George Clooney with her to the restaurant.
She liked to eat chicken wings and meat patties with her hands, so that she "dipped her face in tomato sauce," as the man she fondly called her "second father."

She used to resort to this café to escape the fan queues and celebrity photo hunters and work on her music.
The 70-year-old reveals, "Amy has always trusted me. I am sure that in a hundred years everyone will remember her songs.”