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Soul II Soul’s Melissa Bell has passed away at 53.
The singer’s daughter, X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, broke the news on Twitter Tuesday.
“Our beautiful mother gained her wings on Monday 28th August 2017, a day that has changed our lives forever,” Burke shared.
“We will never forget her unconditional love, support, charisma, strength and courage throughout her entire life. We are eternally proud & thankful to call her our mummy.”
The family has requested that fans respect their privacy as they deal with the tragedy.
Burke competed in the fifth season of the UK’s X-Factor, winning the competition and later releasing a cover of “Hallelujah.”
Bell found mainstream success in the early 90s with Soul II Soul, joining the group in 1993 and appearing on their single, “Wish.” Bell later embarked on a solo career, eventually becoming the frontwoman for soul group Soul Explosion.
Our thoughts are with Bell’s family during this difficult time.