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*Sad news coming out of the UK regarding one of the former members of Soul ll Soul, the 90s soul group. Melissa Bell has passed away at the age of 53.

Bell, a London native, died after a nine-year battle with kidney failure, which was brought on by diabetes.

Melissa Bell toured and recorded with Soul II Soul from 1993 to 1995. She left the group in 1999 to pursue a solo career. Bell was heard on Soul II Soul’s hit cuts “Wish” and “Be A Man” (scroll down to watch/listen).

Bell’s daughter, Alexandra Burke, confirmed her mother’s death via Twitter in a heartfelt post:

“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 eternallly proud and thankful to call her our mummy.”

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Melissa Bell

The statement also added:

“We would be grateful if you could respect our privacy at this difficult time.”

Additionally, in a separate post Burke said:

“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.”

The Daily Mail reported that in 2013, Burke revealed that she had taking care of her mother, who was on life-saving dialysis eight hours a day.

Burke bought her mother food and spent several thousand dollars renovating her house so she could have the dialysis treatment there as opposed to a hospital.

Her daughter tried to donate one of her kidneys, but Bell refused.

“I’ve tried three or four times. But Mum made the choice and shut down the discussion because the doctors said it could mean I wouldn’t be able to conceive,” Burke said.

At this point, no further information about Bell’s death or funeral arrangements have been made available.