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Former Soul II Soul Singer Dies

March 6, 2002

LONDON (AP) _ Doreen Waddell, a former vocalist with the group Soul II Soul, has died in a traffic accident, apparently after running from a store where she had been accused of shoplifting, police said Wednesday. She was 36.

Waddell died Friday after she was hit by cars on a highway in Shoreham in southern England, Sussex police said. It took several days to identify her body.

Police said it appeared she had been running from a supermarket after being confronted about shoplifting. She was struck by three cars on the nearby A27 highway and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Goods from the store were found scattered across the road.

Waddell, who used the stage name Do’reen, sang on the influential British dance band’s best-selling 1989 album ``Club Classics Volume I″ and was lead vocalist on the songs ``Feel Free″ and ``Happiness.″

Soul II Soul topped the charts with the song ``Back to Life″ on the same album, in which Caron Wheeler was the lead singer.

Waddell had not been active in the music industry for several years, and neighbors quoted by The Daily Telegraph newspaper said she did not talk about her time with Soul II Soul.

``She wasn’t really earning the sort of money that she had done but she didn’t let that get her down,″ the newspaper quoted Annie Ingham, a neighbor in Shoreham, as saying.

``You have to remember she had been a very successful singer who had appeared on television ... and then suddenly it was all gone. She never resented that, but it didn’t mean life was easy,″ she said.

Soul II Soul said it would not comment on Waddell’s death.

She is survived by a 4-year-old son. Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

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