British singer Diane Charlemagne, best known for her vocal work with Urban Cookie Collective on hits like "The Key: The Secret", passed away this week after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 51. Her legacy as a vocalist in the dance community can't be overstated, working on some of the biggest hits that shaped the face of UK electronic music in the 90's.

Friends and collaborators who worked with Charlemagne during her life, including drum and bass/jungle pioneer Goldie and Moby, took to twitter to mourn her loss. Charlemagne and Goldie collaborate on the classic track "Inner City Life" in 1994 and had toured as a live vocalist for Moby in the past.

In spite of her health issues, Charlemagne continued to record new music and has a record due out late next month. A representative for her label Blue Soap Music commented that the album will be released as planned.

"Diane passed away this afternoon surrounded by her family after losing her brave battle with cancer. Her last record It's In Your Eyes, featuring Andy Rourke of The Smiths and remixed by Youth, will go ahead on 20 November as planned, with the proceeds going to Diane's family."

Celebrate her life by listening to "Inner City Life" below...

[H/T: BBC]

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