Just as Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain before her, Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27 and joined the infamous “27 Club” on July 23, 2011.
Born to Jewish parents, Amy was playing guitar and singing by the age of 13 and went on to such personal triumphs as TIME Magazines “Best Song” of 2007, Rehab, and charting the UK’s “best selling album of the 21st Century”, Back to Black.
Her stormy and drug addled relationship with husband Blake Fielder-Civil landed him on life support and she slipped away with alcohol poisoning five times the legal British drunk driving limit in her bloodstream.
But they were divorced by the time she died and he was excluded from her substantial will, estimated at the time of her death at almost $17 million dollars. Her estate went to her divorced parents, instead.
A close friend said:
In fact his name never appeared once in her will, and so Fielder-Civil never visited her grave until last week in a publicity stunt that raised eyebrows and angry words from her Mother Janis Winehouse, in the Jewish Daily Forward.
He posed for squatting publicity pictures and gave a film interview in a Jewish Cemetery, not bothering to cover his head with a black hat at her grave, as is respectful Jewish custom.
Her Mother Janis said:
Her Father Mitch Winehouse only gave a Tweet.
Whatever Fielder-Civil’s aim, while this may put him back in the news he still has no claim on Amy Winehouse’s estate.
“Back to Black” was certified double platinum in 2008 and has gone on to sell more than 25 million copies.
That could have kept Blake in respectful hats
for quite some time.