It seems unbelievable, inconceivable, that Amy Winehouse has been gone for one year. The singer passed away one year ago today from an accidental alcohol overdose at the age of 27 (yes, the same age as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, and Jim Morrison when they died). It's a sad and sorry shame, the wound still raw for her family, friends, and fans. The world will mourn Amy Winehouse for years to come.
As is often the case when faced with a tragic and seemingly pointless loss, we find ourselves asking the inevitable question: Did anything good come out of this sad, untimely death? Can the senseless sorrow be redeemed on some level?
And as is often the case, the answer is yes. As the following examples prove, Amy Winehouse did not live her short and troubled life in vain -- she left a powerful and positive legacy behind.
1. Russell Brand's Letter The comedian's moving tribute, "For Amy," is more than just an incredibly heartfelt and eloquent remembrance of a dear friend, it's a wake-up call to the world regarding the nature of addiction as a disease.
2. The Amy Winehouse Foundation Established shortly after her death, the foundation is run in part by Winehouse's father Mitch and offers a paid scholarship to the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where Winehouse trained as a teenager.
3. Tribute Painting by Johan Andersson A stunning portrait of Winehouse painted by Swedish artist Johan Andersson was recently turned into a poster at the tube station in Camden, London, just a short distance from her three-bedroom house.
4. Adele The singer credits Winehouse with "paving the way" for artists like herself, saying she "made people excited about British music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blasé about the whole thing."
5. Hope Amy Winehouse refused to conform to anyone else's standards, saying once that she found it "really odd that the masses of people still want to think alike and look alike and be alike." Thanks to her brave individuality, we have people like Lady Gaga, who said: "I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her."
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