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Alexandra Burke announces that her mother Melissa Bell has died but vows to continue with Strictly Come Dancing in her memory
Source: mirror.co.uk   |   August 30, 2017   |  77 Views

Alexandra Burke has tragically announced that her mother Melissa Bell has died at the age of 53.

In an emotional tweet, the singer praised her "beautiful, funny and loving mum" as she revealed the sad news that Melissa had passed away on Monday 28 August.

The X Factor Winner thanked her mum for her "unconditional love, support, charisma, strength and courage" and called for everyone to respect her privacy at "this difficult time".

Alexandra vowed to continue with this year's Strictly Come Dancing as it "was always a dream" of her mum that she would take part in the show.

 In the heartfelt statement, she said: "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 wings on Monday 28th August, a day that has changed our lives forever.

"We will never forget her unconditional love, support, charisma, strength and courage throughout her life. We are eternally proud and thankful to call her our mummy."

The singer put on a brave face to take part in last night's red carpet launch event on the day of her mother's death.

Melissa was known to suffer from kidney disease and had to miss one of her daughter's X Factor performances in 2008 after problems with a dialysis procedure.

The mother of four was the former lead singer of Grammy-winning R&B group Soul II Soul.

In December last year, Alexandra spoke about her mum's ill health in an Instagram post, where she called for her followers to pray for her "amazing mother".

She said: "My mum has gone through so much this year with her health and I mean it when I say she is really the strongest woman I know.

"I shed a little tear as I write this blog because some of you guys actually know my mummy and know how much of a loving woman she is.

"I won't go into detail. But your prayers are needed and I know my mum will appreciate them."

Alexandra was the final celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing .

She bravely took to the red carpet for last night's launch event, looking sensational in her orange and gold number.

Alexandra greeted the crowds alongside paralympic gold medal winner Jonnie Peacock.

Alexandra said: “I am so excited to be joining this year’s Strictly cast. I love this show and have followed it from the beginning, so being able to be a part of it is just a dream come true for me - I still can’t believe it.

"I am very nervous as I am a singer not a dancer, but I am going to give this my absolute everything and try my best to make everyone proud."

Alexandra may be at an advantage having already teamed up with one of the Strictly judges through her work on stage.

She worked closely with the fearsome Craig Revel Horwood for Sister Act The Musical, which he directed and choreographed.

In July last year she took over the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier for year during a UK wide tour.

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