London: The 'Rehab' hitmaker, who was found dead at her home in Camden, north London, on Saturday, believed she would die at the age of 27 like singers Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin, according to reports.

Her friend Alex Foden, who once lived with Winehouse, said, "Unfortunately, Amy had a very obsessive personality. She did everything to extremes, especially when it came to food and drugs. She loved food.

"Amy always told me she would die young and that she knew she'd become part of the '27 Club'. But she'd either have binges - eating loads before running up to the toilet and getting rid of it all again – or she'd go up to four or five days without eating, surviving on alcohol, drugs and sweets,” Alex added.

Alex said,"Because heroin depletes the sugar levels in your blood, she used to mainly survive off sweets," he said. However, the five-time Grammy winner still had plenty of time for those around her, often cooking up huge feasts for her pals.”

"She was incredibly clean and tidy at home, and could be a real matriarch, looking after everyone and cooking for all her friends and family. At the heart of it, Amy was simply
a lovely, bubbly Jewish girl who wanted to be loved," he added.

Winehouse's posthumous release

New Amy Winehouse tracks could be released posthumously, despite the singer's death on Saturday, according to reports.

The 27-year-old singer had sporadically been working with producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson on her third album over the past two years. Both producers had previously produced tracks for the star's 2006 breakthrough album Back To Black.

Adam Liversage of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said there is great demand for the Rehab hitmaker's unheard songs to be released posthumously.

He said, "You might argue that Amy Winehouse was already in the pantheon of greats. Her songs have become standards. Already there has been a lot of anticipation for a new album and if it was released posthumously that will only increase that interest."

Reports close to the star say there is "a lot of material" to choose from for any future releases and Phil Alexander, editor-in-chief of MOJO magazine, believes it is "inevitable" new tracks will come out.

He told a leading newspaper, "It is inevitable that her death will elevate her reputation and that there will be a third record released."

Earlier this year, Amy's goddaughter Dionne Bromfield said she had heard some of the singer's new material, calling it "very good".

(Agencies)