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Seal: 'I wanted to save Amy Winehouse'

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Seal has said that he regrets never meeting Amy Winehouse before she died, as he wanted to teach her to "respect" fame.

The 'Kiss From A Rose' star explained that although he had been moved to tears by Winehouse's vocals, he grew "angry" with the 'Back To Black' singer for letting drink and drug addictions overshadow her talent.

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"I used to get quite angry at Amy Winehouse because I love our industry, I think it has a lot of integrity and don't think it's a birthright to be part of it," he told the Daily Star.

"I have very little tolerance for people who don't respect it. If you're in the fortunate position of being able not only to operate in our industry but to be successful commercially, it's a privilege.

"When I heard she had died I was really sad because I wished I could have bumped into her somewhere. I was so excited by... her vocal performance. It was a breath of fresh air, that's why I would have made an attempt to give her my view.

"I don't know if anyone was around Amy who she respected enough to give her a mouthful and say, 'It doesn't last forever'. It was a crying shame."

Watch Amy Winehouse in the video for 'Back To Black' below:



Winehouse passed away at her Camden home on July 23 at the age of 27. A coroner ruled last month that the singer died after consuming too much alcohol.

An album of unreleased material entitled Lioness: Hidden Treasures was announced this week and is due for release on December 5.

Two tracks from the collection, 'Our Day Will Come' and 'Like Smoke', have already received radio play.

Watch Seal perform 'Kiss From A Rose' live below:

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