The guitarist could see the self destructive edge the young singer had before her death from accidental alcohol poisoning in 2011, and felt it was inevitable she would die as a result of it.
He said: ''I think it's quite obvious that there are certain people who won't make it.
''It's like Amy Winehouse, bless her. It was obvious to all the older [musicians] who had been around for a long time what would happen if that [situation] didn't change. It breaks my heart to see that great talent destroy itself.''
Richard - who was formerly a member of Pulp, and has released seven solo albums - is also a fan of the Arctic Monkeys, who hail from the same city, Sheffield, as himself, and he particularly likes their recent image overhaul, making them look like a 50s biker gang.
He added to Shortlist magazine: ''They do things I don't. They're out there riding motorbikes while I just fantasise about it.''
Speaking about the band's singer, Alex Turner, he added: ''He's not the first young man who's fallen for the allure of a quiff and leather jacket, and he won't be the last.''