Published On: Tue, Aug 29th, 2017

X Issue star&#zero39;s Soul II Soul singer mum dies

The mom of X Issue star Alexandra Burke, Melissa Bell, has died, her household has introduced.

Bell loved an extended profession in music, singing lead vocals for Grammy-winning act Soul II Soul.

She died on Monday and is known to have been aged 53.

Burke, who is because of seem within the upcoming season of Strictly Come Dancing, stated her mom would have wished her to “keep on” and seem within the BBC programme, as she revealed her loss.

Burke wrote on Twitter: “Mummy has all the time been my greatest supporter and was over the moon once I advised her I used to be doing Strictly.

“It was all the time a dream of hers that I might in the future be a part of the present and I do know that she would have wished me to hold on xx.”

Alexandra Burke was revealed taking part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing yesterday, along with sprinter Jonnie Peacock
Alexandra Burke was revealed as one of many contestants on this yr’s Strictly Come Dancing final week, together with sprinter Jonnie Peacock

Bell’s household stated in an announcement: “It’s with the heaviest and saddest of hearts that the household inform you our stunning, humorous and loving mum, Melissa Bell has handed away.

“Our stunning mom gained her wings on Monday 28th of August 2017, a day that has modified our lives ceaselessly.

“We are going to always remember her unconditional love, assist, charisma, energy and braveness all through her life. We’re eternally proud and grateful to name her our mummy.

“We might be grateful in case you may respect our privateness at this tough time.”

Bell joined Soul II Soul in 1993 after founder Jazzie B heard her debut solo single Rethink.

The group’s single Want, on which she recorded lead vocals, featured on their best hits album Quantity IV in the identical yr. It peaked at quantity 24 within the UK singles chart.

Alexandra Burke (2ndL) beat Eoghan Quigg (L),  Diana Vickers (3rdL) and JLS (Right) to take the 2008 X Factor crown.
Alexandra Burke (2nd Left) beat Eoghan Quigg (L), Diana Vickers (third Left) and JLS (R) to win X Consider 2008

She went on to launch extra solo singles earlier than forming a brand new band Soul Explosion.

The Islington Tribune reported in 2008 that Bell suffered from kidney illness and wanted common dialysis which typically made it tough for her to look at her daughter participate within the expertise present she went on to win.

In 2015, Bell advised The Guardian that she had refused a kidney from her daughters as “it might hamper their probabilities of having youngsters”.

Burke advised the newspaper on the time: “It was tough at first, however now it feels regular to verify on her on daily basis. I might love to assist her and she or he says I can donate a kidney after I’ve children, however not earlier than.

“Mum’s sickness implies that I do not take a day with no consideration.”

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