We live at a time when the words, talent and genius are so often used that they have lost their meaning.

Amy Winehouse was undeniably talented, the tragedy is that she did not stay around long enough to become a genius.

At 27 – what is it about that age, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and perhaps Ms Winehouse’s closest life style contemporary Janis Joplin – she was able to sell records world wide, she was a superstar, there was no need for any hype or heavy promotion her voice simply propelled in to that league.

How many people can we say that of today?

Talented people never know they are talented and as Ms Winehouse showed they can be extremely self destructive.

No one – but themselves – can stop them from harming themselves.

For that to happen, they need to accept that there is a problem.

Sadly, this 27-year-old could do not this and the world has now lost one shining star.