Heartbroken Strictly star Alexandra Burke’s late mum Melissa Bell’s former fame revealed before tragic death

Alexandra Burke broke down on Strictly Come Dancing after becoming emotional about mum Melissa Bell [Getty]

Alexandra Burke was left devastated when shortly before starring on Strictly Come Dancing her mum Melissa Bell tragically died aged just 53 in August.

The X Factor star broke down on the BBC show after gaining an impressive score from judges Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

The star sobbed, as she admitted she wished her mum was there, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience as everyone struggled to maintain their composure.

Alexandra Burke broke down on Strictly Come Dancing following her mum’s death [Wenn/ BBC1]

X Factor star Alexandra Burke’s mum had her own very impressive musical career.

The talented singer joined band Soul II Soul in 1993, and later fronted group Soul Explosion.

In June 2010 she released her autobiography, Heart and Soul” The Emotional Autobiography of Melissa Bell.

Strictly Come Dancing star Alexandra Burke announced her mother Melissa Bell’s death [Getty]

Sadly, Alexandra’s mum was diagnosed with kidney failure while Alexandra was on the X Factor in 2008.

Melissa tragically passed away on Monday 28 August 2017.

Melissa Bell left hospital in 2008 to see her daughter Alexandra Burke win the X Factor [Getty]

Alexandra broke the news on her Twitter account, with a statement reading: “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.

“We are eternally proud and thankful to call her our mummy.”

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez are performing on Strictly Come Dancing together [Wenn/ BBC1]

Melissa was a mum of four – Alexandra, Aaron, David and Sheneice.

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