Celebrities Mourn Natalie Cole — See Stars’ Twitter Reaction Tributes Here
Celebrities are mourning Natalie Cole, who died on New Year’s Eve Thursday. The beloved music star’s passing at age 65 was announced on Friday.
Over her decades-long career, Cole carried on the legacy of late father Nat “King” Cole and became a legend in her own right. She won nine Grammy Awards and received one Emmy nomination. Stars are now paying tribute to the singer on social media.
Star Jones tweeted, “No one is ever ready for the heaviness to your heart when you lose someone you love. The angels have my sister Natalie Cole now…” Marlee Matlin wrote, “I am saddened by the news of the passing of my friend Natalie Cole. Lovely song bird (and great actress too) — she is now singing in heaven.” And Don Lemon simply stated, “#RipNatalieCole #Unforgettable.”
Andy Cohen was shocked upon hearing the news, expressing, “No no no this can’t be!!! How sad!!!” He added in a second tweet, “Losing Natalie Cole is a sad start to a new year.” Arsenio Hall shared, “In college, I named my bass guitar Natalie! As a young stand up comic I opened for Natalie Cole. She was all that, in all ways! [RIP]”
“Taking a moment in the new year: RIP Ms. Natalie Cole,” posted Kristin Chenoweth. Chance The Rapper wrote, “So sad to hear about Natalie Cole.” Al Roker commented, “Thoughts and prayers to the family of the great Natalie Cole who passed this am at 65.” Montel Williams remarked, “Thoughts and prayers to the family of the great Natalie Cole who passed this am at 65.”
Jordin Sparks shared one of the longest tributes, posting a photo of herself with Cole on Instagram. She wrote:
“I am so sad to hear about Natalie Cole’s passing. I feel she has always been apart of my life in many ways. Before the craziness & now. Her father, Nat King Cole, is my favorite artist of all time. ‘Smile’ is a song I sing to myself whenever things get overwhelming. I sang ‘This Will Be’ on the American Idol tour w/ @mdoolittle, my favorite part of that show. A few years later, I had the honor of actually singing it with her on stage. I don’t remember what I sounded like, I was too much in awe of her. But, I sure remember her standing next to me, voice so pure & clear as a bell. I will never ever forget that moment. She was always so kind & exuded so much grace. Rest in everlasting love. I’m sure the heavens are absolutely loving you and your dad rejoicing together. ‘Unforgettable in every way….’ That you are, Natalie, that you are.”
Lenny Kravitz also posted on Instagram, “As the new year was ushered in, an angelic instrument moved on. Natalie Cole’s voice was perfection. And what a lady… You will be missed my dear. Love.” Russell Simmons wrote, “RIP my friend Natalie Cole.” Chris Rock said, “Great artist great person. R.I.P.” Emmy Rossum revealed, “Today, we are listening and singing along to ‘This Will Be’ to honor the incomparable Natalie Cole.”
“R I P Natalie Cole one of the greatest sweetest most talented people I have ever met. thank u for all u gave us,” tweeted Randy Jackson. Taraji P. Henson posted, “#RestinHeaven Queen.” Gabrielle Union wrote, “#RIPNatalieCole.” And Vivica Fox exclaimed, “Noo! Just heard the news that #NatalieCole just past away!! She was a beautiful lady with an amazing voice! #RIP #Unforgettable.”
Tony Bennett expressed on Instagram, “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Natalie Cole, as I have cherished the long friendship I had with her, her father Nat, and the family over the years. Natalie was an exceptional jazz singer and it was an honor to have recorded and performed with her on several occasions. She was a lovely and generous person who will be greatly missed.”
“Natalie Cole, has passed away, too soon,” tweeted Jon Lovitz. She was the nicest person besides one of the best singers ever. Very sad.” MC Hammer encouraged followers, “Listen to ‘Inseparable’ by #NatalieCole RIP.” Lisa Rinna noted, “Rest in peace beautiful #NatalieCole now you can be with your papa. You will be missed.” And Lenny Kravitz said on Instagram, “As the new year was ushered in, an angelic instrument moved on. Natalie Cole’s voice was perfection. And what a lady… You will be missed my dear. Love.”
Josh Groban shared, “Natalie Cole was one of the music worlds classiest most timeless treasures. I looked up to her and she always showed me great warmth. RIP.” Patricia Heaton commented, “Rest in Peace Natalie Cole…” Leah Remini expressed, “Truly, unforgettable. Rest In Peace.” Tyra Banks tweeted directly to the performer, “.@NatalieCole, I remember your lovely duet with your daddy. It was technological and creative genius. You will be missed.”
The Reverend Jesse Jackson wrote on Twitter, “#NatalieCole, sister beloved & of substance and sound. May her soul rest in peace. #Inseperable.” Referencing one of her song titles, Rosie O’Donnell said of Cole, “We will miss her like crazy.” And Cher seemed to sum it all up when she posted, “NATALIE COLE… A VOICE FROM HEAVEN HAS BEEN CALLED HOME.” Gossip Cop offers condolences to Cole’s family, friends, and fans.