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Lady Gaga shocked into silence by Winehouse death
Lady Gaga was left so distraught by the
tragic death of Amy Winehouse, she "couldn't speak" for two whole
The Rehab hitmaker was found dead at her
London home on 23 July (11) and Gaga paid tribute to the soul
singer on her Twitter.com page the following day (24Jul11).
In a post on the social networking site, she
wrote, "Amy changed pop music forever, I remember knowing there was
hope, and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she
lived the blues."
Gaga admits she was so lost for words, she
struggled to convey her emotions out loud until another day had
During an appearance on talk show The View,
she says, "I'm really so devastated and sad, I really couldn't
speak for 48 hours straight, I was in such shock."
An initial post mortem proved inconclusive
and Winehouse's cause of death will remain a mystery until
toxicology reports are made available in the coming weeks.
But the star, a former drug addict herself,
is angry at the press for portraying Winehouse as a victim of her
own substance abuse.
She adds, "I just think the most unfortunate
thing about it all is the way the media spins things, like, 'Oh, we
can learn from Amy's death'. I don't feel that Amy needed to learn
any lessons; I think that the lesson was the world needed to be
kinder to the superstar.
"Everyone was so hard on her and everything
that I knew about her was that she was the most lovely, nice and
And Gaga sympathises with Winehouse for
having to battle her personal demons under the glare of the
spotlight: "It's a very lonely life, but I think that's part of
what we love about her. You can't have it both ways - you can't
enjoy listening to someone sing sad songs about the blues and
heartbreak and then not expect them to be truly heartbroken and
expect something different from them. Sometimes I'm very sad, just
like everyone watching at home; sometimes I'm very happy."