Natalie Cole Dead: Legendary Singer Dies At 65
Natalie Cole has died at the age of 65 from congestive heart failure, Gossip Cop has learned. The legendary singer was best known for classic songs such as “This Will Be” and her duet of “Unforgettable” with her late father Nat King Cole. She passed away at a Los Angeles hospital on Thursday night.
In a joint statement, Cole’s son and sisters say, “Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived … with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever.”
The singer suffered a handful of health issues stemming from her past issues with substance abuse. She contracted a liver disease in 2008, and also had to undergo chemotherapy to treat hepatitis C. Complications from both the virus, and a 2009 kidney transplant, are said to have also been contributing factors in Cole’s death.
Due to an illness, Cole recently canceled several concert performances which were slated for December, in addition to a planned February show. It was not known, however, that she was near death, and her passing has fans and celebrities alike in mourning. Cole leaves behind a tremendous legacy.
The star first found success in the 1970s, and won Best New Artist at the Grammys. Over the course of her career, she would go on to win eight more Grammy Awards. And in addition to her music work, Cole, an Emmy nominee, also made memorable appearances on a variety of TV shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Gossip Cop offers condolences to all of King’s loved ones.