People everywhere were stunned at the tragedy of Amy Winehouses’ passing and are still left wondering what happened.
Russell Brand had know Amy for a number of years and wrote a letter of remembrance to Amy on his website where he reminisced about when they first met, that they both shared substance addiction problems, and about their friendship over the years.
Here are a few excerpts from Brand letter to Amy;
“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.”
Brand went on to talk about the first time he had seen Amy performing live;
“From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine.”
Russell remembered her mostly as “sweet and peculiar but most of all vulnerable,” and his letter ended with a plea for others out there that suffer with addictions to get help.