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Friday, 22 December, 2000, 10:19 GMT
MacColl speedboat driver bailed
Kirsty MacColl
MacColl was a much-loved figure in the music industry
A speedboat driver held by police after the death of singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl has been released on bail.

MacColl, 41, was killed on Tuesday when a speedboat ran into her as she was diving off Cozumel, off the coast of Mexico, with her teenage sons.

Jose Cenyam was detained by police after the accident.

He was bailed as the case is being treated as negligent homicide, said a spokesman for the attorney general's office.

The investigation into MacColl's death is to focus on whether she was in an area reserved for swimmers when the accident happened, he said.

Her body was due to be flown home on Thursday, he added.

Kirsty MacColl
MacColl's solo career started when she split from punk band Drug Addix
The daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl, she is best known for her 1987 Christmas hit with The Pogues, Fairytale of New York, and the hit single There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis.

Once in punk band Drug Addix, her first solo release was They Don't Know, in 1979.

It failed to reach the charts, but became a hit some years later when it was covered by Tracey Ullman.

MacColl's other hits include a cover of Billy Bragg's song A New England, and a version of The Kinks' track Days.

She also sang backing vocals for acts including Talking Heads, Simple Minds and Robert Plant.

Her last album, Tropical Brainstorm, was a tribute to Cuban music, which had influenced her throughout the 1990s.

BBC Radio 2 has postponed the broadcast of a documentary series she had made about Cuban music, due to start on Wednesday.

The singer spoke about how she would spend this Christmas "with my family and friends" in BBC promotional material to accompany the series.

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