Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London flat on Saturday 23rd July at 3:54 PM BST. Various sites on the Internet quote her birth time according to her mother as 22:25 PM on September 14, 1983 in Southgate, London. Here is the chart:
With the Sun and her Ascendant ruler Mercury both in the 5th house, she is a very creative person, a natural performer. These two essential planets lie square (90 degrees from) her Moon/Neptune conjunction. This stressful aspect can enhance her creativity but it also correlates with escapism and substance abuse. The conjunction lies in her 7th house of close relationships and partnerships.
At the time of her death transiting Pluto was conjoining her 8th house cusp. The 8th house is the traditional house of death, and Pluto rules Scorpio, which lies in her 6th house of illness. Her secondary progressed Moon had also recently crossed into her 8th house. At age 27 Amy, like so many other talented musicians who were involved with drugs, had experienced her secondary progressed lunar return. Age 27 is a year in which the emotional issues of the past come up for review and resolution. In Amy’s chart, with her Moon conjunct Neptune and square her Sun/Mercury conjunction, she had to deal with some highly stressful issues this year. The influence of Neptune suggests either escapism (into drugs, alcohol, or fantasy) or spiritual transcendence; it’s up to the individual to choose.
Addendum, October 2011: A recent news report states that the cause of death was alcohol poisoning, which comes under the rulership of Neptune in astrology.