Natalie Cole dies aged 65

Posted on January 1, 2016 09:16 am

Natalie Cole, Grammy winning singer, daughter of Nat “King” Cole has passed away aged 65 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to complications from health challenges she has been facing.Cole was winner of nine Grammy Awards and a chart topping Rhythm and Blues singer who followed her legendary father Nat Cole into the music business with hits like “This Will Be” and “Unforgettable.” The album “Unforgettable” spent five weeks at Number one on the pop charts, sold more than 14 million copies globally and won six Grammy Awards.The cause of death was reportedly to be congestive heart failure.Cole had battled drug challenges and hepatitis C that forced her to undergo a kidney transplant in May 2009. Human rights activists Reverend Jesse Jackson has tweeted few moments ago saying “Natalie Cole, sister beloved & of substance and sound. May her soul rest in peace.”A weak looking Cole was forced to cancel a string of concert performances over the last three months of 2015 after a recurrence of hepatitis C that was linked to her past drug abuse.Natalie was just 15 when her father died in 1965, ten years before she launched her own solo recording career.Below is Cole performing live her globally popular hit “Unforgettable.”

Cole rose to prominence in musical industry in 1975 as an Rhythm and Blues singer with with “Inseparable “but later shifted her career towards the smooth pop and jazz standards that her father was known for.Nat “King” Cole died of lung cancer 50 years ago.Cole will be remembered for speaking candidly about her past fight with drug addiction in her 2000 autobiography, “Angel on My Shoulder,” where Cole revealed how she had battled heroin, crack cocaine and alcohol addiction for many years.Cole was said to have spent six months in rehab in 1983. When she disclosed eight years ago that she had been diagnosed with hepatitis C, a liver disease spread through contact with infected blood, Cole blamed her past drug use.Cole will also be remembered for speaking her mind especially in 2008 when criticised heavily the Recording Academy for giving five Grammys to a drug user Amy Winehouse.Cole said;”I’m an ex-drug addict and I don’t take that kind of stuff lightly,” Cole explained at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Hepatitis C “stayed in my body for 25 years and it could still happen to this young woman or other addicts who are fooling around with drugs, especially needles.”She got 21 Grammy awards nominations over her career, including the Best New Artist Grammy. Cole was married three times and leaves behind a son, Robert Adam “Robbie” Yancy, from her first marriage to producer Marvin Yancy.

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