THE BIG READ | My life with Amy Winehouse: best friend Tyler James opens up in new memoir

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Tyler James says it was fame that ultimately put Amy Winehouse on the path to destruction. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Tyler James says it was fame that ultimately put Amy Winehouse on the path to destruction. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

When the Rehab singer died aged 27, it was at the London home she shared with her closest confidant, Tyler James. Now, for the first time, he reveals how he tried to save the friend he’d known since he was 13 – and why he believes the music industry used her.

It's a day he’ll never forget. Ten years ago Tyler James returned to the house he shared with Amy Winehouse, his best friend and housemate of nearly a decade, to find an ambulance parked outside. Upstairs, she was dead in her bedroom.

Two days earlier, he had walked out – again – the latest tactic he’d tried to make her stop drinking. Doctors’ letters were proof that alcohol, on top of the effects of long-term bulimia, would kill her

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