Alexandra Burke announces sad death of her mother

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Alexandra Burke (left) vowed to continue competing on "Strictly Come Dancing" per the wishes of her late mother, Melissa Bell.

Burke, who won Britain's "The X Factor" in 2008, added in a separate statement that her mother was proud of her part in Britain's "Strictly Come Dancing".

"This is the heart heavy and sad that our family informs you that our attractive, amusing and loving mother, Melissa Bell, is dead".

"Our handsome mother gained her wings on Monday 28th August 2017, a day that has changed our lives forever", Burke shared. We will never forget his unconditional love, his support, his charisma, his strength and courage throughout his life. "We are everlastingly glad and appreciative to call her our mummy".

The singer revealed the news to her 113k Instagram followers in a heartbreaking statement.

"We would be grateful if you could respect our privacy at this hard time".

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'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 xx'.

Alexandra Burke's mother, Soul II Soul singer Melissa Bell, died on Monday (28Aug17) aged 53.

After Burke won the 2008 version of the TV singing challenge, she revealed to Marie Claire magazine that her prosperity had confused her association with her mom. 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.

During the joint interview, Alexandra explained: "Mum made the choice and shut down the discussion because the doctors said it could mean I wouldn't be able to conceive. But I was willing to adopt because I want to do that anyway".

In 2015, Bell told The Guardian that she had refused a kidney from her daughters as "it may hamper their chances of having children".

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