HuffPost blogger offers small-business lessons from Amy Winehouse’s death

And readers are ripping the blogger for drawing the connection. She’s apologized for the post, sort of.

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On Sunday morning, Huffington Post‘s business section ran a story titled, “Amy Winehouse’s Untimely Death Is a Wake Up Call for Small Business Owners,” which drew sharp criticism from readers, bloggers, and members of Twitter.

In the story, Tricia Fox, an entrepreneur and marketer, says:

For small business owners there is, however, a lot to be learned from Amy’s untimely death.

Although rarely referred to as such, most musical artists and celebrities are businesses in their own right. In fact, for all those detractors out there that say that being “self-employed” is not a “proper” business, think again. This successful business model is one that has been proven time and time again.

But whether you are a pop star, a plumber or a business consultant, the same rules still apply: you are the product. And if that’s the case, you are going to need to take really good care for yourself if you want your business to succeed.

Among the comments, one reader writes:

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