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Bernadette Nolan, 52, sang in sister act The Nolans

FILE - This Aug. 1983 file phoshows Bernadette Nolan center singing sister act The Nolans. The singer died cancer age

FILE - This Aug. 1983 file photo shows Bernadette Nolan, center, in the singing sister act The Nolans. The singer died of cancer at the age of 52. Her management agency, Urban Associates, said in a statement that she died Thursday, July 4, 2013 surrounded by her family. (AP Photo/PA, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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Updated: August 7, 2013 6:08AM



LONDON — Bernadette Nolan, a member of singing sister act The Nolans, has died of cancer at age 52.

The singer’s management agency, Urban Associates, said in a statement that Ms. Nolan died Thursday surrounded by her family.

Universally known as Bernie, Ms. Nolan was raised in Blackpool, northwestern England, and began performing with her family when she was a child.

The Nolans had a worldwide hit in 1979 with “I’m In the Mood For Dancing” and gained large followings from Britain to Japan.

Ms. Nolan left in 1994 to focus on an acting career that included a role on soap opera “Brookside” and parts in stage musicals including “Blood Brothers” and “Chicago.”

In 2010 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which later spread. Ms. Nolan is survived by her husband, Steve Doneathy, and their daughter, Erin. AP



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