Not Quite There

Jul 25 2011 @ 3:31pm

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Russell Brand, a former heroin addict, pays tribute to his friend:

Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction. All addicts, regardless of the substance or their social status share a consistent and obvious symptom; they’re not quite present when you talk to them. They communicate to you through a barely discernible but unignorable veil. Whether a homeless smack head troubling you for 50p for a cup of tea or a coked-up, pinstriped exec foaming off about his speedboat, there is a toxic aura that prevents connection. They have about them the air of elsewhere, that they’re looking through you to somewhere else they’d rather be. And of course they are. The priority of any addict is to anaesthetise the pain of living to ease the passage of the day with some purchased relief.

Well, she now has relief and a forgiving, all-understanding God. Matt Stopera creates a pictorial timeline of Winehouse's life.

(Photo: Singer Amy Winehouse and TV presenter Russell Brand pose in the awards room at the Q Awards 2006 at Grosvenor House Hotel on October 30, 2006 in London, England. By Dave Hogan/Getty Images)