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 Russell Brand Tribute to Amy Winehouse; Comedian Laments “Disease of Addiction”(VIDEO)

Many well-known figures have posted online condolences and observations on the death of singer Amy Winehouse, But none seem more personal and heartfelt than the posting by her friend, Russell Brand.

The comedian, actor and former heroin addict writes, “When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call”, hoping that it’s the addict calling to say he’s ready to stop, but fearing the worst.

The multiple Grammy-winning Winehouse was found dead in her London home over the weekend.

Brand’s tribute includes a call for better understanding of an addict’s torment and a plea for society to view addiction “not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill.”