Singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in Camden, north London, at the age of 27, police have confirmed.
Sky’s home affairs correspondent Mark White says it is believed the singer died of a suspected drug overdose but officially her death is being treated as “unexplained.”
The London Ambulance Service was called to her flat just after 4pm but were unable to save her life.
Sky sources said the singer was “beyond help” when paramedics arrived.
Superintendent Raj Kohli of the Metropolitan police, said inquiries into her death were continuing:
“On arrival, officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene…I can confirm that the deceased is Amy Winehouse.”
A section of the street on which she lived had been cordoned off by police as fans gathered.
A spokesman for Amy Winehouse said:
“Everyone involved with Amy is shocked and devasted. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. The family will issue a statement when ready.”
Singer Michelle Gayle told Sky News that Amy’s father Mitch was “devastated.” He is flying back to the UK from New York where he had been due to perform.
The Back To Black artist had cancelled all tour dates and engagements last month after a series of erratic public appearances.
Her final show was in Belgrade in June where she was jeered by fans after a shambolic performance.
She had appeared briefly on stage with her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield on Wednesday night.
Her record label, Universal, paid tribute to the star:
“We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer.”