Shirley Bassey had three children, Sharon Novak, Samantha Bassey and Mark Novak. The fathers of Bassey’s two daughters, Sharon Bassey and Samantha Novak are unknown. Bassey had Sharon at the age of 17 and her sister Ella raised her as her daughter until the 1960s.
Bassey’s first husband suggested that Samantha, born during the couple’s marriage was a result of an affair between Bassey and Peter Finch.
In 1985, Samatha, age 21, was found dead in the River Avon in Bristol, England. Bassey has always maintained that the death of her daughter was not a suicide. On March 24, 2010, Avon and Somerset Police confirmed they were undertaking fresh inquiries into the death and specifically claimed that the convicted killer Michael Moffat was involved in her death.
However, in October 2010, it was reported that the investigation had come to an end, concluding that there was “no evidence of any criminal act involved” in Novak’s death. The ordeal of losing her daughter caused Bassey to temporarily lose her voice.
In a 2009 interview, Bassey stated that she and her surviving daughter, Sharon Novak. In 2018, Bassey reported that she had a great-granddaughter.