Singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her flat in North London, police have said.
The death is being treated as 'unexplained'.
The Met said: "On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained."
Amy Winehouse was a powerhouse of a singer-songwriter, who tragically became far more famous for her off-stage antics than for her undoubted musical talents.
These abilities transcended the traditional genres of R&B, soul and jazz to create a unique sound that was much imitated once she burst onto the musical scene.
Her debut album Frank (2003) drew critical acclaim, but it was the iconic Back to Black (2006) that garnered her an international following, and went on to win her six major Grammys (the joint record for most won by a female artist in one year).
Winehouse was credited with leading the charge in recent years of respected British female musicians, including Duffy and Adele, while her distinctive, bee-hived style made her the muse of other artists and fashion designers including Karl Lagerfield.
Her problems with drug-abuse and self-harm were publicly documented, as was her tempestuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil. She took an ironic look at her own life in the song Rehab (2007), but this wariness tragically proved insufficient to protect her from the demons that constantly threatened to overcome her.