Actor and musician Goldie has led tributes to “gifted” vocalist Diane Charlemagne after her death aged 51.

Goldie. Photo courtesy

Goldie. Photo courtesy

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

Diane 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 about her death and highlighted the singer’s contribution to his music:

One heartfelt tweet also included the video to Inner City Life:

Another recalled her qualities as a singer.

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.”

Diane’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.

There have also been tributes from Ministry of Sound and TV presenter Terry Christian.

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

Diane Charlemagne. Photo courtesy

Diane Charlemagne. Photo courtesy