GEEZER BUTLER Says That AMY WINEHOUSE Was One Of His 'All-Time Favorite Musicians'

Legendary BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL bassist Geezer Butler has issued a statement mourning the passing of his "all-time favorite musicians" Amy Winehouse.

The 27-year-old singer was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday, July 23. There's no word on the exact cause of death, but Winehouse had been struggling with drug addiction for many years.

"It would be disrespectful of me if I didnt mention the passing of one of my all-time favorite musicians, Amy Winehouse," Butler said. "To me , she was and is up there with Billie, Bessie, Sarah, Dinah, Ella, and I was so looking forward to her new stuff, but will always love the old stuff. A tremendous talent taken from us. Her voice will live on longer than all the crap written about her."

Butler also commented on the two-act tragedy which rocked Norway first a downtown Oslo explosion, then a shooting at a youth camp resulting in more than 90 deaths.

"On yet another sad note, my thoughts go out to the people of Norway after such a terrible tragedy there," he said. "So shocking in such a peaceful, beautiful country."

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