Amy Winehouse's Death: How the UK Media Covered

2:22 PM PST 07/23/2011 by Stuart Kemp
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The 27-year old British singer was found dead in her London flat on Saturday.

LONDON -- A newsflash at 17.45 BST across UK radio and rolling TV news stations delivered the shock news Amy Winehouse was dead.

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Music station BBC Radio 2 immediately played one of Winehouse's biggest hits, "Back To Black," while US broadcaster Paul Gamabacini, who presents a regular Saturday night US chart show on the same station, commented every song he played would now be imbued with the memory of Winehouse.

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Early editions of Sunday papers carried big photos of Winehouse and a pre-prepared eulogy from her father Mitch Winehouse, who said he had predicted her death for nearly a decade. 

The story of Winehouse's death played second fiddle only to the aftermath of the Norwegian massacres on both TV and in print.

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Twitter was abuzz with her death.

British celebrities including former prime minister Gordon Brown's wife Sarah Brown, Jamie Oliver, Lily Allen, ex-Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Piers Morgan, all expressing their sadness at the premature death of the 27-year old singer-songwriter.

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Singer Allen summed up the mood: "It's just beyond sad, there's nothing else to say. She was such a lost soul, may she rest in peace.

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