'Back To Black' producer Mark Ronson: 'Amy Winehouse was my soulmate'

Musician pays tribute following 27-year-old's death this afternoon (July 23)

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Mark Ronson has expressed his sadness at the death of his "musical soulmate" Amy Winehouse this afternoon (July 23).

The musician, who co-produced Winehouse's second and final album 'Back To Black' in 2008, told BBC News the singer was "like a sister to me".

"She was my musical soulmate," he said. "This is one of the saddest days of my life."

Salaam Remi, who co-produced 'Back To Black' with Ronson, also reacted to the news on his Twitter page, Twitter.com/salaamremi, tweeting: "Very very sad day. Just lost a great friend and a sister."

Winehouse was found dead at her north London flat at around 4pm (BST). It's being widely reported she passed away after a suspected drug overdose, although the official police line is that her death is still unexplained.

Tributes from the music world have been flooding in, with the likes of Lily Allen, Boy George, Kelly Osbourne, The Who, P Diddy and Paramore's Hayley Williams taking to Twitter to pay their respects.

Meanwhile, Faces are dedicating their gig at Hurtwood Park in Surrey tonight to their "talented friend".

Winehouse's label Universal also paid tribute in a statement that read: "We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer. Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends and fans at this difficult time."

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