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Soul II Soul singer and Alexandra Burke's mum has died

LIKE MOTHER LIKE DAUGHTER: The late Melissa Bell, left, with daughter Alexandra Burke back in 2009

UK SOUL heads are in shock today as the world learns of 53-year-old Soul II Soul lead singer Melissa Bell's untimely death after a battle with diabetes-induced kidney failure.

Bell's daughter is X-Factor 2008 winner and international singing star Alexandra Burke, who Tweeted yesterday:

"Mummy has always been my biggest supporter and was over the moon when I told her I was doing Strictly Come Dancing. It was always a dream of hers that I would one day be part of the show and I know that she would have wanted me to carry on."

Chart-topper Bell joined Soul II Soul in 1993 after embarking on a brief solo career.

WATCH MELISSA BELL'S SOLO RELEASE, RECONSIDER, BELOW (credit: YouTube/Mixsensei):

The vocalist's family released a statement confirming her death, via Burke's Twitter page:

"It is with the heaviest and saddest of hearts that the family inform you our beautiful, funny and loving mum, Melissa Bell has passed away.

"Our beautiful mother gained her wins on Monday 28 of August 2017, a day that changed our lives forever.

"We will never forget her unconditional support, charisma, strength and courage throughout her life. We are eternally proud and thankful to call her our mummy. We would be grateful if you could respect our privacy at this difficult time."

Soul II Soul founder Jazzie B offered a message of condolence on Twitter after his bandmate's passing:

"So sad to hear Melissa Bell has passed, she will always be part of the Soul II Soul family. Nothing but love for Melissa's family & friends"

WATCH MELISSA BELL AND SOUL II SOUL PERFORM WISH, BELOW (credit: YouTube/Soul II Soul):

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