By Tim Saunders on
British singer Amy Winehouse passed away this weekend at the age of 27, leaving behind an unsurpassed musical and charity legacy.
Best known for her albums Frank and Back To Black, the soul singer shot to fame in 2003 with a series of amazing singles highlighting her unique talents, as well as her incomparable style.
In 2008, she appeared naked in Easy Living magazine to raise awareness of breast cancer, a cause she supported throughout her career. She performed her hits Rehab and Valerie later that year at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday concert in London.
In 2009, Winehouse expressed interest in helping young musicians in the Caribbean, where she lived for a period of time on the island of St Lucia. She supported the Hear The World campaign to raise awareness of the topic of hearing and hearing loss and to promote good hearing all over the world, and appeared on a CD with Cuban musicians to raise awareness of climate change.
In 2010, Winehouse donated her song Back To Black to the Global Fund's Born HIV Free campaign, allowing the song to be used as the soundtrack for an animated film titled Baby In The Sky.
Just a few months ago, in March 2011, Amy donated over £20,000 worth of designer clothes to a charity shop in London: “Amy turned up in a people carrier with loads of stuff in bin liners,” a source told The Sun. “Top, top designer gear. She promised there was more to come. The shop has been going like a fair since word got out.”
Winehouse will be sadly missed by her family, fans and the charities she supported.
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