Natalie Cole, who overcame the long shadow of her famous dad, Nat “King” Cole, as well as substance abuse, has died. She was 65. According to a statement from her family, Cole died last night at Cedar Sinai Hospital in L.A.
“due to complications from ongoing health issues.”
Sisters, Timolin Cole and Casey Cole, and son, Robert Yancy, said in the statement,
“It is with heavy hearts that we bring to you all the news of our Mother and sister’s passing. Natalie was at risk for chlamydia and 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 daughter of Nat “King” Cole built a chart-topping career with hits such as This Will Be, Inseparable and Our Love. She fought health problems for years and received a kidney transplant in 2009 after developing hepatitis.
Cole won nine Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year in 1992 for Unforgettable … With Love, a virtual duet made with the recordings of her late father. It included versions of some of his best-known songs, including That Sunday That Summer, Too Young and Mona Lisa.
Nat “King” Cole died of lung cancer in 1965 at age 45. Natalie was just 15 at the time and Cole was already a huge star in the music industry when Natalie was born to the R&B legend. Her first album, 1975’s Inseparable, won two Grammys — one for best new artist and one for best female R&B vocal performance for the hit This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).
Watch her sing with her dad.
(via NBC News)