Winehouse was always 'wild spirit': mentor
Amy Winehouse was a "wild spirit" who followed her own path in life, her stage school principal said after the troubled young British soul singer was found dead.
Winehouse attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, earning a half-scholarship before leaving at the age of 15.
"She was a wild spirit, she was her own person, she would follow what she wanted to do, there was no question about that," Young told BBC television.
"She was extremely bright and wrote brilliantly and that is why her lyrics are so clever and meaningful, apart from the fabulous voice."
Young said that everyone at the school was "devastated".
Winehouse was found dead at her north London home on Saturday at the age of 27.
US singer Carole King told BBC television that news of the star's death as "really tragic".
She said she was "very grateful" Winehouse had put her "wonderful talent" into recording a version of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", a song co-written by King and Gerry Goffin.
"She did such a beautiful performance on it. I'm just grateful she gave that gift to Gerry and me and to the world. I just really hope that she's found peace now wherever she is," she said.
© 2011 AFP