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This weekend saw the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of the legendary Flamenco singer Camarón de la isla on July 2nd 1992 at the relatively young age of 42. He is believed to have died from a heroin overdose.
On the 23rd of July it will be a year since the amazing Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning after a long, horribly public struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. She was only 27. The loss for the families of both singers and the world of entertainment is immeasurable.
An opportune moment to link to an interview Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, gave to Patrick Strudwick in today’s copy of The Independent. Published under the headline: Mitch Winehouse: ‘I wish it had been me that died, not Amy … You can help all the kids but it’s never going to take the grief away’ her father tells how he now runs a foundation to help drug addicts. The former taxi driver has also written his own no-holds-barred memoirs of Amy’s life in a book. The publisher’s advances of ‘Amy, My Daughter’ – estimated to be well in excess of 1,000,000€ – will go towards the foundation.
My own article on the life Camarón de la isla, whose parents came from my adopted home of Conil, and was born not far away in San Fernando, can be read here: The Tale of the Shrimp – Camarón de la isla
The real tragedy of these and hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths is the result of the ill-conceived ‘war on drugs’ and its four decades of spectacular failures. I write about that at length in: The Myth Peddlars – the war on drugs has failed
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