Black Sabbath bassist Butler leads tributes to singer Amy Winehouse who was found dead after suspected drug overdose on Saturday

Tribute: Geezer Butler

Geezer Butler has led tributes to pop and soul singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who was found dead on Saturday after struggling with drug addictions for years. She was 27.

The Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell bassist says: “It would be disrespectful of me if I didn’t mention the passing of one of my all-time favourite musicians, Amy Winehouse.

“To me, she was and is up there with Billie, Bessie, Sarah, Dinah and Ella. I was so looking forward to her new stuff but I’ll always love the old stuff.

“A tremendous talent taken from us. Her voice will live on longer than all the crap written about her.”

Meanwhile a number of rock and metal artists have paid their own tributes.

Glenn Hughes, Black Country Communion: “So sad to hear the news of soul sister Amy. My heart goes out to her family. Addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful.”

Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge: “It’s just my opinion but Amy was a very rare talent. So many songs left unsung. Heartbreaking news.”

Nikki Sixx, Motley Crue: “Drugs suck. How much clearer does the message have to be? RIP Amy.”

Dave Navarro, Jane’s Addiction: “So sad to hear about Amy Winehouse. My deepest condolences to her friends and family and fans. You will be missed.”

Dave Mustaine, Megadeth: “I wish you’d said yes, yes, yes. We will miss you.”

Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society: “She could fucking sing. God bless.”

Eric Avery, ex-Jane’s Addiction: “Another tragedy – the spectacular demise of a very talented woman is finished.”

Rikki Rockett, Poison: “Fame doesn’t give you happiness. It’s a shame Amy couldn’t see the part that surpasses that – the part she earned and no tabloid could mar, or any critic could ever take away.”

Alex Skolnick, Testament: “27 is too young to go. It’s one thing with legends from another era, but when it happens to someone current it’s freaky – especially if you’re over 27.”

Brian Fair, Shadows Fall: “I once ran into Amy in a hotel lobby in London. It was 7am. I was heading out to the airport and she was just coming in like a train wreck. She grabbed my hair and said, ‘I fucking love your hair,’ with spittle flying. I thought she was a homeless person – I brushed her off and went and washed my hair. RIP.”

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