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Russell Brand Mourns Amy Winehouse Genius In Open Letter

Update-Comedian/Actor Russell Brand mourned the death of his friend Amy Winehouse in an open letter proclaiming her genius.

The death of Amy Winehouse spread quickly through Hollywood. The talented soul singer was found dead in her London home today (7.23.11) sending shock waves through out the music industry. Fans of Winehouse in London have left flowers, candles and more in her memory at Camden Square.

Celebrities have since tweeted their heartfelt condolences and shock about the talented star gone too soon.

Kelly Osbourne: “i cant even breath right my now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!”

Rihanna: Dear God have mercy!!! I am SICK about this right now! #DearAmy

Nicki Minaj found the story hard to believe: Please tell me Amy Winehouse didn’t die. Is this some sick joke?

Katy Perry: RIP Amy Winehouse. May she finally find peace.

Kim Kardashian: I just heard the news that Amy Winehouse passed away. What a true talent. I pray she’s in a better place & at peace.

Eva Longoria: RIP Amy RT @WillyVille: RIP Amy Winehouse… We will remember you through your music.

Russell took a little more time than a quick tweet to acknowledge the passing a friend. He wrote an open letter on his website. Here’s a sample below:

“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,” he remembered. “A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened. Winehouse. Winehouse? Winehouse! That twerp, all eyeliner and lager…the lips that I’d only seen clenching a fishwife fag and dribbling curses now a portal for this holy sound. So now I knew. She wasn’t just some hapless wannabe, yet another pissed up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes. She was a f–king genius.”

Well wishes continue to pour in from the unexpected death of Amy Winehouse – from those who knew her personally and those who only knew her through her music. RIP


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