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The Specials singer Neville Staple truly devastated as grandson Fidel, 21, is fatally stabbed in Coventry

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Neville Staple of The Specials has spoken of his heartbreak after his grandson Fidel was killed in Coventry during a night out (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

Singer Neville Staple has been left heartbroken after his 21-year-old grandson Fidel Glasgow was killed in a knife attack on Saturday night.

The Specials star said he is truly devastated that his daughter Melanies son died in hospital in Coventry, 12 hours after being stabbed outside a nightclub in the city centre.

In a Facebook post, Neville wrote: We are truly devastated to announce the heartbreaking loss of my grandson Fidel (my daughter Melanies son), who died today as a result of being attacked with a knife in the street.

We are truly devastated to announce the heartbreaking loss of my grandson Fidel (my daughter Melanie's son), who died…

Posted by Neville Staple on Saturday, September 1, 2018

He added: My beautiful daughter Melanie and wife Christine Sugary, all the family and myself are still shocked by this tragedy, but would like to thank you all for the kindness and messages we have received.

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Neville thanked the staff at UHCW University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire where Fidel was brought in the early hours of Sunday morning with life-threatening stab wounds.

A 23-year-old man has reportedly been arrested but homicide police are appealing for witnesses.

The Specials' Neville Staple
The Specials Neville Staple returned to stage less than 24 hours after his grandson passed away, spreading a message that Knives take lives (Facebook/NevilleStaple)

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison told The Guardian: We are aware that numerous people who were at the club at the time could have witnessed what happened and I would urge them to contact us with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

Neville choked back tears as he returned to the stage in Coventry on Sunday evening, saying it had been a really, really tough 24 hours.

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Speaking on his behalf, his wife Christine told the crowd: We need to come together in our communities and find out whats wrong, whats going on.

Announcing that his shows would go, Neville wrote on Facebook that day: Thank you for your messages of support during our personal tragedy.

My wife Christine Sugary Staple and I have decided that our shows this week, in Coventry and Brighton, will go on and will be dedicated to our grandson Fidel and daughter Melanie (who asked that we still perform).

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He added: We ask that you help us turn our pain into a message. Lets show the young people that this knife trend has to stop.

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