Enormous respect to Alexandra Burke: she shone on the Strictly Come Dancing red carpet last night, and now it’s been announced that her mother died the same day.
She wrote on Twitter today: “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 2017, a day that has changed our lives forever.
“We will never forget her unconditional love, support, charisma, strength and courage throughout her life.”
— Alexandra Burke (@alexandramusic) August 29, 2017
Melissa Bell was formerly the lead singer of Grammy-winning R&B act Soul II Soul. She was 53.
She had long-documented health problems in recent years, including with her kidney.
Alexandra is among the bookies’ frontrunners to win Strictly, which films its launch episode next week.