‘Glee’ Cast Remembers Amy Winehouse

'She definitely brought back a lot of soul to mainstream,' Darren Criss says.

SAN DIEGO — The news of Amy Winehouse’s tragic death continued to shock the world Saturday (July 23), with many of the 27-year-old’s celebrity fans taking to Twitter and Facebook to express their sadness in learning of the troubled singer’s passing. “Glee” cast members Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum Jr. and Dot Marie Jones joined in the thousands of Winehouse mourners devastated by the loss.

“She’s paved the way for so many artists, so at least every artist can pay homage to her in some way,” Ushkowitz told MTV News at Comic-Con 2011. “Hopefully they will,” she said, adding, “It’s just so tragic: She was so young and so talented.”

Criss said, “She definitely brought back a lot of soul to mainstream, and it’s really unfortunate to see her go, but I think she’ll live on in other artists who will follow [with] the same soul.”

Shum Jr. added, “She had a voice that couldn’t be duplicated. It’s a tragedy.”

Marie Jones said she hopes more attention is paid to Winehouse’s legacy as an artist than to her personal struggles. “I hope everybody focuses on what she did and did so well and not the tragedy,” she said. “God bless her and her family. She did so much.”

“In a short period of time,” Shum Jr. added.

“[At age] 27, it’s really sad,” Marie Jones concluded.

Though some news outlets are reporting a drug overdose as the suspected cause of Winehouse’s death, autopsy reports aren’t scheduled to be released until Sunday.

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