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Doreen Waddell

Former singer of the 1980s British band Soul II Soul

Doreen Waddell, a former singer of the chart-topping 1980s British band Soul II Soul died Monday March 4 after being hit by three cars as she ran across a busy road in Shoreham, West Sussex, south England. She was 36.

The fatal accident happened behind a supermarket that had just been robbed, in which two men and a woman were spotted by staff fleeing toward the road; the assumption is that Waddell was the woman.

Waddle, who was known as Do’Reen when she sang with the band, was the lead vocalist on two Soul II Soul tracks, “Feel Free” and “Happiness.” The group, which is still recording and promoting other soul artists today, had five top 10 hits between 1989 and 1992 including the No. 1 smash “Back to Life.”

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