Soul II Soul singer Melissa Bell has passed away at 53 after a nine-year battle with kidney failure brought on by diabetes, The Daily Mail reports.

Bell’s daughter, Alexandra Burke, who won the fifth season of British X Factor in 2008, shared the news on Twitter today, writing that her mother “gained her wings” Monday, August 28th.

The 29-year-old singer went on to share how her mother was her biggest supporter as a performer and she will carry on that dream in her memory.

Soul II Soul formed in London in 1988 and just a year later released their U.K. and U.S. chart-topping hits “Keep On Movin’ and “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me).” Bell joined the group in 1993 at the request of founding member Jazzie B after Caron Wheeler, who appears in the videos below, left the group to pursue her solo career. Bell went on to work with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston and founded her own group, Soul Explosion.

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