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Another sad day...

Published by Warren Dell under on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The last few days in the black music world haven't been the greatest with Jay Dee passing away on Friday and now with great sadness the news has broke that UK soul sensation Lynden David Hall has lost his battle with cancer aged 31. He had been suffering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a rare form of the disease that affects young people in their 20's and around 1400 people are diagnosed with it every year. Lynden never really got the success his talent deserved, a so often common theme for UK artists, particularly soul stars. He released two albums including his biggest hit single 'Sexy Cinderella' before an absence from the scene while he was diagnosed with the disease. He still managed to release his latest set 'In Between Jobs' through DJ Diggz Random Soul label last summer and although he wasn't in attendence, a benefit for his Wish Charity was held in November with Ms Dynamite, Shola Ama, Roachford, Courtney Pine and Beverley Knight all performing to raise money for cancer charities. The tributes and condolence messages have already began to flood in with Trevor Nelson and Ronnie Herel speaking on the BBC website:

Trevor said "It's the loss of a great talent unfulfilled. At the time, in my capacity as an A&R man, he was one of the biggest talents of his time, and ahead of his time in many ways... he was a very unassuming guy, very quiet and introverted, not your typical wannabe pop star. It's a sad day for British black music, but knowing Lynden as I do, I hope the attention that this brings him will make people go and re-visit his music"

Ronnie reiterated Trevor's thoughts "My heart sunk when I heard that Lynden passed away, my heart goes out to his family and friends at this time. Medicine 4 My Pain was a landmark album for UK black music. It wasn't for the glory but simply for the music, to meet him you wouldn't know that he was pure genius. I knew Lynden quite well at the time he put out his debut album out, he was a cool, sweet guy who lived for his music and that's how I'm going to remember him."


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