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Radar: JOSS IN 999 DASH; Atlantic trip to be with sick grandad.

Byline: SUZANNE KERINS

JOSS Stone made a dramatic transatlantic dash to the hospital bedside of her seriously ill grandfather.

The 18-year-old soul sensation travelled thousands of miles from her new home in America to visit Edwin Skillin in Kent last week.

A source close to the British singer said: "Joss is really upset and worried about her grandfather. He's very ill and she wants to be by his side with her family. She didn't hesitate to fly back to Britain when she was told about his illness."

Mr Skillin is the father of Joss's mum Wendy and lives with his wife Jan in Sandwich.

Pals say double Brit Award winner Joss - real name Joscelyn Stoker - is distraught and her grandfather's condition has been dominating her thoughts.

One friend said: "This puts her singing into perspective and she knows the only thing of any concern is the health of her grandfather."

He is now being treated in hospital.

A spokesman for the star refused to discuss the illness, saying: "Joss never talks about private matters."

The singer has been living in California with her boyfriend Beau Dozier, the 25-year-old music producer son of Motown hitmaker Lamont Dozier.

The beauty had been in America promoting her second album Mind, Body and Soul, when her family called her with the news of her grandad's illness.

Joss is believed to have made a number of visits to the hospital before jetting back to the States.

Pals say she's being constantly informed of her grandfather's condition and will return to the UK immediately if he deteriorates.

Joss, her brother Daniel and the rest of the family are said to be praying for him to pull through the illness.

The singer, originally from Devon, won a television talent contest at the age of 14 and recorded her acclaimed first album Soul Sessions in just four days.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2005
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