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Clark Collis
July 25, 2011 AT 06:28 PM EDT

Adele has paid tribute to Amy Winehouse, who was found dead at her home over the weekend.

In a statement on her website, Adele—who, like Winehouse, attended London’s BRIT performing arts school—says that the singer “paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again.” The “Rolling In the Deep” star also says she doesn’t think Winehouse “ever realised just how brilliant she was.”  The statement is headlined “AMY FLIES IN PARADISE X.” Read it here in full:

“not many people have it in them to do something they love, simply because they love it. with no fuss and no compromise. but she knew what she was capable of and didn’t even need to try. if she wanted to do something she would and if she didn’t she’d say f— off. it came easy to her and that’s why we all loved her so much. we believed every word she wrote, and it would sink in deep when she sang them. Amy paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about british music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blase about the whole thing. i don’t think she ever realised just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming. although im incredibly sad about Amy passing im also reminded of how immensely proud of her i am as well. and grateful to be inspired by her. Amy flies in paradise xx”


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