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9 March 2018, 15:36
Don't worry, she's fine.
Dame Shirley Bassey has reassured everyone, after Manfred Mann singer Mike D’Abo told audience members at a gig in Cardiff that he had been told that she had died.
After an “audible gasp” from the audience, the news quickly spread online – before a spokesperson for Shirley told Wales Online that the report were “completely false”, “unfair” to fans – and that she was “alive and kicking”.
Audible gasp at St David’s Hall tonight after Manfred Mann singer Mike D’Abo tells audience that he took a call tonight to say that Shirley Bassey had passed away He pays tribute and says he doesn’t know cause if death— Phillip Nifield (@NifieldPhillip) March 7, 2018
Mike d'Abo - best known for singing on some of Manfred Mann's biggest hits including 'The Mighty Quinn' - was standing in for Chris Farlowe at The Sensational 60s Experience at St David's Hall.
Writing on Facebook, fan Gillian Harris said: "Went to see the fabulous 60s show at St David's Hall last night. Announced after the break that a good friend of theirs, Shirley Bassey, has died. The whole audience was shocked."
Pamela Thain also wrote: "Great show tonight but Mike d'Abo everyone that Shirley Bassey died this evening and it will be on the news tomorrow."
81-year-old Shirley recently received the Nordoff Robins O2 Silver Clef Award for her contribution to music and the arts. Her last album release was 2014’s Hello Like Before.