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At her June 18 concert in Belgrade, Serbia, Amy Winehouse slurred her way through her set and was booed by the large crowd. She left the stage early, and her band continued without her in order to fulfill contract obligations.
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updated 7/25/2011 10:07:11 AM ET 2011-07-25T14:07:11

“after our show in serbia i wish i'd been able to help amy. i'm sorry.”

Moby posted this tweet on the evening of July 23, hours after news broke that Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment. The popular DJ and dance-pop hitmaker was ostensibly the last musician she’d share a bill with: following the June 18 show at Belgrade’s Tuborg Festival, during which Winehouse slurred through her set to the echoes of boos from the 20,000-strong crowd, she would cancel the rest of her European tour.

Moby, whose new album "Destroyed" was released in May, still had to headline that night.

“The moment I got out of the car, I knew something was wrong,” Moby tells The Hollywood Reporter from a stop in Rome on Sunday night. “From backstage, I could hear the audience booing louder than the music.”

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Making his way to the side of the stage while Winehouse was already on, Moby took in the troubling sight. “Amy was just standing there, swaying back and forth and mumbling occasionally,” he recalls. “The band were playing quietly and looking uncomfortable and the audience was looking on in disbelief.” He, too, could not believe his eyes.

“She was on stage for about 30 minutes, then she left and was lying down on a flight case backstage surrounded by some people,” Moby continues. “I was horrified.”

As video of the performance painfully shows, Winehouse returned to the stage but struggled to get through songs like “Back to Black” and “Valerie,” which she had performed hundreds of times. After an hour, Winehouse was put in a car and rushed back to the hotel while the band played on without her in order to fulfill the contractual time obligation.

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Moby, who has been sober for several years, wanted to check in on Winehouse ahead of the disastrous performance. “Since Amy had just gotten out of rehab, I had naively and presumptuously hoped to talk to her before or after her show to find out how she was feeling and to see if she needed any help,” he says. “There's a fairly extensive network of musicians on tour who are all trying to stay sober, and we generally reach out to each other and offer support when and where we can.”

That talk would never materialize, though Moby does note that before the show he “had seen her briefly at the hotel and she seemed relatively OK.”

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Moby headlined the final show at which Amy Winehouse performed. He says he wishes he could have helped her.

In fact, he says he was reassured by festival producers that Winehouse would be able to perform. “Everyone involved said that she had been in rehab and was doing really well, so I was concerned, personally and professionally, but hopeful,” he says of the weeks leading up to the performance.

Of course, such a tragic and public display of crippling addiction makes one wonder: why didn’t anyone do something about it? “The problem for a lot of addicts is that alcohol and drugs are so unbelievably powerful and effective — it's very hard to replace two things that work so well, if destructively, with sobriety, which at first can be kind of dull and foreign by comparison,” Moby attempts to explain. “It's especially hard when people are younger, as the consequences of their using are generally less severe. When I was in my twenties, I thought I was bulletproof. The hangovers only lasted a few hours, so there was no deeply compelling reason to get or stay sober. It was only in my forties that the consequences of drinking and using became so bad that I realized I absolutely had to stop. Addicts love to drink and get high, and we'll employ any type of mental stratagem to enable ourselves.”

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Asked if he saw any of his former self in Winehouse, Moby replies: “What I saw of myself in Amy was, simply, the love of drinking and using drugs and existing in a chemically altered state of consciousness.”

With the Forever 27 club in mind, one has to wonder whether the music business is partly to blame. Says Moby: “No one had to force me to drink and take drugs and no one else could have led me to get and stay sober. It's sometimes too easy to point fingers when circumstances dramatically go awry, but as an addict, I'm ultimately responsible for my own decisions, no matter how benign or tragic the consequences.”

Moby took news of Winehouse’s passing with “resigned sadness,” he says. “I know a lot of addicts, and a significant percentage sadly don't survive.”

Copyright 2012 The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Father's farewell

    Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late British singer Amy Winehouse, arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in London for a ceremony for his daughter on Tuesday, July 26.

    Amy Winehouse died at her London home on Saturday, July 23, at the age of 27. The cause of death has not yet been determined. (Luke Macgregor / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Remembering a friend

    Winehouse friend Kelly Osbourne, sporting a beehive style hairdo in tribute to the deceased singer, leaves after a cremation ceremony in London on Tuesday, July 26. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Always a story

    Photographers angle for a shot of guests at the ceremony for Winehouse outside the Golders Green Crematorium in London on July 26. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Fade to 'Black'

    Mark Ronson leaves the cremation of Winehouse in London on July 26. The music producer worked on Winehouse's smash album "Back to Black." (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A family mourns

    Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch; brother Alex; former boyfriend Reg Traviss and mother Janis look at memorabilia left by fans of the singer outside of her London flat on Monday, July 25. Mitch Winehouse thanked admirers of his daughter for showing their support, saying "it means so much to me and my family." (Luke Macgregor / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Showered with flowers

    A mourner adds to the floral tributes outside Winehouse's home in London on Sunday, July 24. (Danny Martindale / Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Sharing sorrow

    Fans gather outside Winehouse's home on Sunday, July 24. (Kerim Okten / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Leaving tributes

    Fans place flowers and tributes in memory of the singer on Sunday, July 24. (Stefan Wermuth / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A sad farewell

    Winehouse's body is carried into a private ambulance on Saturday, July 23. (Andy Rain / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Paying respects

    An Amy Winehouse fan puts a note outside Winehouse's home in London. It reads in part: "Dearest Amy. I'm glad u made it home." (Stefan Wermuth / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Mourning Winehouse

    British singer and filmmaker Reg Traviss, who reportedly dated Winehouse, looks on as a member of the public passes to lay flowers near the late singer's home. (Joel Ryan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Final turn in the spotlight

    In this June 18, 2011 file photo, Amy Winehouse performs on stage during her concert in Belgrade, Serbia on June 18, 2011. The singer slurred her way through a set as the crowd of 20,000 booed, then left the stage early while her band played without her to fulfill the contract. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. An early end

    Winehouse performs on stage at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, Britain, on June 28, 2008. (Frantzesco Kangaris / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. In court

    Winehouse arrives at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court north of London on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. The singer pleaded guilty to assaulting a theater manager who asked her to leave a family Christmas show starring Mickey Rooney because she had too much to drink. (Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Front and center

    Winehouse attends The Q Awards at the Grosvenor House in London on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. The singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, said recently that she had breast-enhancement surgery. On the British TV show "This Morning," he said she looks "absolutely fantastic." (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Back in court

    Winehouse arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London, on Thursday, July 23, 2009. The British singer faces trial for an alleged assault on a woman at a charity ball last September. (Shaun Curry / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. For her Blake, incarcerated

    Winehouse arrives at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London on Monday, June 2, 2009, where her husband Blake Fielder-Civil was appearing on charges of perverting the course of justice and assault. (Sang Tan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Sip of Winehouse

    Winehouse pauses for a drink while performing for 90,000 spectators on the main stage of the Rock in Rio Lisboa music festival at the Bela Vista Park in Portugal on Friday, May 30, 2009. (Steven Governo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Q&A with police

    Winehouse arrives at Holborn police station after being invited in for questioning on Friday, April 25, 2009, in London. The troubled singer had been accused of assaulting a member of the public during an incident at a pub. (Cate Gillon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Brit diva

    Winehouse performs at the Brit Awards 2008 in London on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The event is the UK's biggest music awards show. (Matt Dunham / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Grammy success

    Winehouse hugs her mother Janis Winehouse after accepting a Grammy Award at the Riverside Studios for the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony via video link on Feb. 10 in London. Winehouse won five out of her six nominations including record of the year, best new artist, song of the year, pop vocal album and female pop vocal performance. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Blonde having less fun

    Temporarily blond and without her trademark beehive hairdo, Winehouse leaves Snaresbrook Crown Court in London after a hearing for her husband Blake Fielder-Civil on Friday, Jan. 18. (Sang Tan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Free to bee

    Winehouse performs at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2007. The tattooed, beehived soul singer has often had her immense musical talents eclipsed by her struggles off stage. (Brian Kersey / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. 'No, no, no ...'

    Winehouse performs at the Glastonbury music festival, in Pilton, England on June 22, 2007. "Rehab" became the hit song from the British singer's second album, "Back to Black." (Carl De Souza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Before their troubles

    Winehouse and husband musician Blake Fielder-Civil arrive at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2007, in Universal City, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Bursting onto the scene

    Winehouse arrives at the Earls Court Arena in London for the Brit Awards on Feb. 14, 2007. She won the award for Best British Female Solo Artist. (Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Understanding addiction

    Actor Russell Brand hugs Winehouse in 2006. Himself a former addict, Brand wrote a touching blog post after Winehouse's death about the struggles of addiction and pleaded for readers to help those in their lives with similar troubles. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images file) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Pre-bee

    Looking a bit healthier, and without her trademark hairdo and tattoos, Winehouse poses in the pressroom at the annual Nationwide Mercury Music Prize at the Grosvenor House on Sept. 7, 2004 in London. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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    >>> let's begin the half hour with more of the untimely death of the singer of amy winehouse and the demon she battled. peter alexander is in london with more. peter, good morning.

    >> reporter: lester, good morning to you. autopsy results are expected as early as later this afternoon. a formal investigation, an inquest, will also begin this afternoon. just a short time here outside amy winehouse 's home. we did see for the first time from her parents, they came, mitch, her mother, and mom janice, visiting this location as well as all the fans that have come here over the last 48 hours . her dad said he was both devastated and speechless by his daughter's loss. now as you come back out live, you can see that massive memorial that has grown here over the last 48 hours . fans of amy winehouse leaving behind flowers, cards, candles, as well as alcoholic drinks and cigarettes being left here. winehouse had a very public well documented battle with drugs and alcohol. the question this morning is could anything have been done to save her? stumbling, incoherent, and disoriented. amy winehouse was clearly in no shape to perform in serbia in june, her tour canceled. a month later at age 27 she was dead.

    >> i think a lot of people knew she was headed down this path.

    >> reporter: it was her 2006 grammy-winning "back to black" album that made her a global sensation.

    >> ai think a lot of the pain and trouble in her life came right out as she sang.

    >> reporter: as her celebrity soared her life began to unravel. the young singer acknowledged addiction struggles with song "rehab" here in her u.s. tv debut on "the late show with david letterman ."

    >> amy tried just about everything. there was crack, there was cocaine, there was pot.

    >> reporter: before long her personal missteps overshadowed her music.

    >> she was in and out of rehab. ever since the "back to black" album.

    >> reporter: there were run-ins with the law, public fights, emergency hospital trips. even a video that appear to show her smoking crack cocaine.

    >> she was addicted to so many substances.

    >> reporter: winehouse also battled eating disorders and often looked gaunt and pale.

    >> amy 's family tried numerous times to get her help. it never stuck.

    >> reporter: in 2009 her mother janice even spoke about fearing for her daughter's health.

    >> the need to rescue her is like enormous. i just want her to be okay. and i would do whatever it took.

    >> reporter: the downward spiral continued.

    >> many people are asking if amy winehouse could have been saved. i believe, yes, she could have had the circumstances been different.

    >> reporter: she now join what's many in the music world call the 27 club , along with fellow musicians, jimi hendrix , janice joplin , jim morrison , and curt cobain , all of whom died at just 27 years old.

    >> such a sad and familiar story. it will make her a legend of sorts but she could have been a much better legend. it's just a tragedy.

    >> reporter: also today we're learn that amy winehouse 's record label , island records , insisted she have weekly doctor visits. the last doctor visit was here at her home at 8:00 p.m ., the night before she died.

    >> peter alexander in london for us. thanks. we're joined by addiction expert and pat o'brien, tv personality and recovering addict. good morning to both of you. kristina, you had your own battles are alcohol and drug addiction . watching this story, all weekend long as i talk to people about amy winehouse , nobody was shocked. they were sad but everyone kind of shook their head as if they expected this to come. is there anything such as a lost cause when it komcomes to addiction and recovery?

    >> no n. my opinion, absolutely not. that's why i've dedicated my life to helping families. i was as hopeless as they come. 18 years ago i was homeless in the streets of san francisco eating in dumpsters and here i sit with you today.

    >> you failed in recovery, didn't you?

    >> i don't believe there's failure in recovery. i also think it's so important to say right here right now that treatment also works. treatment is effective. treatment gets a bad rap in the media and i want to be very clear that when you use treatment for what it's used for, which is detoxification and stabilization, treatment is successful.

    >> there's treatment and there's what happens afterwards?

    >> we lose good people is the re-entry into their lives and folding back into a media mix or a pr firm, although they're good at selling image, they are not good at teaching individuals how to live sober. nortd to live sober behave to align ourselves with like-minded individuals that share the same thoughts and feelings and struggles.

    >> you deal primarily with people whose names we will never know. let's turn to pat o'brien. pat, you know what's like to live in a public way. and to almost be a punch line at times. how does that affect what is already acknowledged a difficult strug until.

    >> lester, good morning. yeah, you've got to ignore the punch lines . i'm going to plagiarize russell who talked about amy , i hope that this allows people to look at alcoholism differently. it's a disease. you know, when i was in detroit, i almost died. coming up on 100,000 days, and you know, 1,000 days, i was almost dead. very smart people would say to me, pat, just stop drinking. you can't stop. it's a disease. our brains are wired a little differently. you know, if someone has cancer, i battled that, too, you can't say to them, well, stop having cancer. but with cancer there is a solution. there are solutions that you can do. there is no cure for alcoholism.

    >> pat, how many times have you blown it, have you fallen off the wagon and have you ever reached the point where you're like, i just can't do this?

    >> i relapsed three times. public relapses. i did stupid things and blackouts when i did them but i'm over that now. you can't get sober until you want to get sober and you have to have a structure and people around you that want you to get sober. there's no pill. there's no cure. and there's two things. there's alcohol and there's ism. you can stop drinking but then you have to take care of all the other thinks that go along with it. it's a lot of work but can be done. we talk about amy winehouse but 100,000 people died last year from alcohol-related diseases. get to the other story later and somebody who killed a family of four driving drunk. so it's not just celebrities. there are a lot of people out there suffering.

    >> christina, could amy winehouse , in your opinion, have been saves?

    >> i think -- i think there's hope for every addict and alcoholic that's suffering. it's really about after care and supportive, you know, support. after somebody leaves treatment. you know, i don't know amy winehouse and i don't know her story but i know addiction better than i know anything else. when there's appropriate structure around somebody, yes. we recover and we tlif and we go on.

    >> your family at one point rejected you, said we love you but we can't be you anymore. how important is the family dynamic in getting people help?

    >> it's imperative. addiction doesn't just happen to individuals but to family systems . and when my family let me go and, yes, i merely died, but then letting me go i came to terms with my own disease. and i certainly -- i want to -- we have to remember that today, you know, a family woke up without their beloved child.

    >> sure.

    >> and it's so tragic. and in this is what happens to addiction. left untreated, people die.

    >> this is a good discussion. i'm glad we had it. thanks so much for being here. pat, as always, nice to have you here as well.

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