Gone but not forgotten. Thursday, July 23 marks four years since Amy Winehouse's sudden death, and the British music phenom's close pal Kelly Osbourne is making sure her memory lives on. To commemorate the sad anniversary, Osbourne, 30, took to Instagram to remember her friend.
"I can't believe it's been four years since I lost my #Lul. The world is a boring place without Amy," Osbourne wrote, captioning an undated, black and white photo of her with a smiling Winehouse. “Not a day goes by where I don't miss my black butterfly!"
Grammy winner Winehouse — who released albums Frank in 2003 and Back in Black in 2006 — died in 2011 at age 27 after a well-documented battle with substance abuse. At the time of her passing, a toxic level of alcohol was found in her system.
Osbourne isn't the only one making an effort to preserve Winehouse's memory. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, director Asif Kapadia debuted the aptly-titled Amy, a documentary that followed Winehouse's life and career, using unseen archival footage and unheard music. "I don't think I'm gonna be at all famous," Winehouse said in the trailer for the documentary, which hit theaters this month. "I don't think I could handle it. I would probably go mad, you know what I mean? I would go mad."
The Winehouse family has dissociated themselves from the project, although filmmaker Kapadia confirmed to Rolling Stone prior to its release that he had the full backing of Winehouse's parents, Mitch and Janis, and other members of the family. In a statement to Us Weekly in April, the Winehouse family held firm in their stance, telling Us that the film is a "missed opportunity to celebrate [the Grammy winner's] life and talent, and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths."
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