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Lynden David Hall dies of cancer aged 31

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

U.K. soul singer, Lynden David Hall, has passed away at the age of just 31. Born in Wandsworth, London in 1974, he began his musical career in 1998. His biggest hit single was ‘Sexy Cinderella’, released in 1998. It  reached number 17 in the charts. More recently, the singer appeared in Love Actually as a wedding singer, performing ‘All You Need Is Love’.

Lynden was discovered by the manager of U.K. soul group Loose Ends and was signed to Cooltempo Records. It was there he recorded his debut album 'Medicine 4 My Pain'. In 1998 he won a MOBO (Music of Black Origin) award for 'Best Newcomer'. The following year he became the first U.K. artist to be voted 'Best Male Artist' by the readers of Britain's Blues & Soul magazine. In 2005 he released his third studio album 'In Between Jobs' on the independent label, Random Records.

Lynden David Hall died of Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of cancer that usually affects children & young adults.

Radio 1 DJ Trevor Nelson said Hall's death was "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."

In November 2005, soul stars including Shola Ama and Beverley Knight headlined the Lynden's Wish concert at London's Jazz Cafe to help raise money for cancer charities.

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