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Upon learning that Amy Winehouse, the BritPop/Nouveau R&B sensation, had passed away this weekend, I expected to mourn the untimely loss of another talented, troubled young artist. But I didn’t.

What I did experience was an intense sort of anger: at the media, at her fans, at the millions of people coming out of the woodwork to express their great sadness over her passing. I was and am angry because so few will accept what should be obvious: Amy Winehouse dying of a reported overdose is not a shock. It was the more likely of only two possible conclusions of years of alcoholism and drug abuse: sobriety or death.

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