Goldie leads tributes to Urban Cookie Collective singer Diane Charlemagne


Actor and musician Goldie has led tributes to "gifted" vocalist Diane Charlemagne following her death at the age of 51.

The Urban Cookie Collective singer lost her fight with cancer, which she had been documenting on social media.

Charlemagne featured on Goldie's 1994 hit Inner City Life, which climbed to number 39 on the singles chart. She was also heard on his 1997 track Kemistry.

In 1993, Urban Cookie Collective had a massive hit with their track The Key The Secret.

The singer, who toured with Moby's live band among many others, had since continued to record.

In a series of tweets, Goldie posted: "So she went into the early morning ... God rest her soul #diane what a gifted voice."

He continued: "I cant thank you enough for what you contributed and we will carry on your legacy."

He later tweeted: "Just come out of #bikram #mourning ... and finding a place of peace inside myself of how much light that woman bought to my music."

He added: "Love to her family ... #blessed."

In an official statement, Blue Soap Music PR said: "I'm very sorry to have to announce the death of Diane Charlemagne. Diane passed away this afternoon surrounded by her family after losing her brave battle with cancer.

"The release of her last record, It's In Your Eyes featuring Andy Rourke of The Smiths and remixed by Youth, will go ahead on November 20 as planned, with the proceeds going to Diane's family."

Charlemagne's official website details her rise from the early 1980s as a member of British R&B group 52nd Street through to success with Urban Cookie Collective.

The singer also worked with producer Dobie, who produced tracks for Soul II Soul.

Ministry of Sound posted a tribute on Twitter which read: "Legendary vocalist for the likes of Goldie, High Contrast, Netsky has sadly passed away."

Critical Music head Kasra tweeted: "R.I.P Diane Charlemagne. Thankyou for the music".

Welsh drum and bass producer High Contrast said: "Very sad to hear of Diane Charlemagne's passing, she'll always be the voice of dnb to me, so privileged to have known and worked with her x".