Mel B mourns great grandmother who died at age 107

Mel B and her sister Danielle are mourning the loss of their great grandmother, who passed away on October 1. Both sisters expressed their condolences on Instagram and agreed to fly out to Nevis to attend the funeral.

Mel, 44, shared a photo of her great grandmother on Instagram on October 1. “Deeply saddened by the passing of my great grandma in the early hours of this morning, she was 107 and what a woman she was,” she wrote.

“I feel the need to fly right now to Nevis to pay my respects,” she added. “@missdaniellebrown let’s go #familyiseverything #shockedandupset #ripgreatgrandma #youwillbemissed.”

Phoenix shared her mother’s post and wrote, “I love you. RIP to the strongest OG in Nevis. I miss you already.”

Mel B’s sister Danielle, 38, posted a photo from a past visit to see her grandmother. “RIP great grandma Celian Martin Powell,” she wrote. Such sad news and what an age you lived to 107!!! The oldest Lady on Nevis island, you were a true legend.”

Danielle added, “I am sure dad will look after you in heaven, your legacy lives on in your ever growing family, you will be truly missed.” The sisters who were previously estranged are both traveling to Nevis for their grandmother’s funeral.

Mel and Danielle’s father Martin died in March 2017 after a long cancer battle. The Spice Girl and her sister were estranged at the time due to the family’s disapproval of her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte and Mel did not fly out for the funeral.

The Spice Girl reflected on that moment in a birthday tribute to her dad in May. She wrote, “Happy birthday dad I'm missing you more now than ever, I really really am in the most amount of pain, it is actually unbearable!!”

Mel added, “But I do wish you could see me now happy and strong I am now. Thank God, I know you would be sooo proud of me and of Danielle. We have morphed into you now big time we don’t deal with people who hurt us in life and we stick together as a family thanks to you dad, I love you sooo much, I just wish I could of had one more day one more cuddle that’s all #imissyou.”

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PASADENA, CA - MARCH 12: Phoenix Chi Gulzar and Mel B attend the red carpet kickoff for 'America's Got Talent' season 13 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 12, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - MARCH 12: Phoenix Chi Gulzar and Mel B attend the red carpet kickoff for 'America's Got Talent' season 13 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 12, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Mel B and daughter Phoenix arrive at 'America's Got Talent' Season 11 Finale Live Show at Dolby Theatre on September 14, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Presenter Mel B and Phoenix Chi Gulzar arrive at the 'America's Got Talent' Season 11 Finale Live Show at the Dolby Theatre on September 14, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jennifer Lourie/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Phoenix Chi Gulzar, Angel Brown, Mel B and Madison Brown Belafonte attend the Launch Party for WILDFOX Loves Coca-Cola Capsule Collection on October 22, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Coca-Cola)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Phoenix Gulzar and Mel B attend the press night performance of 'Memphis The Musical' at The Shaftesbury Theatre on October 23, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Singer Mel B and her daughters (L-R) Angel Iris Murphy Brown, Phoenix Chi Gulzar and Madison Brown Belafonte arrive at the grand opening of Sugar Factory Hollywood at Sugar Factory on November 13, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 07: Mel B and daughter Phoenix Chi arrive at the 2011 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on October 7, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
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