Singer Natalie Cole dies

Daugh­ter of leg­end Nat King Cole carved out her own suc­cess­ful ca­reer

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Natalie Cole, the daugh­ter of jazz leg­end Nat King Cole, who carved out her own suc­cess with R&B hits like “Our Love” and “This Will Be” be­fore tri­umphantly in­ter­twin­ing their lega­cies to make his “Un­for­get­table” their sig­na­ture hit through tech­no­log­i­cal wiz­ardry, has died. She was 65.

While Cole was a Grammy win­ner in her own right, she had her great­est suc­cess in 1991 when she re-recorded her fa­ther's clas­sic hits - with him on the track - for the al­bum “Un­for­get­table ... With Love.” It be­came a mul­ti­plat­inum smash and gar­nered her mul­ti­ple Grammy Awards, in­clud­ing al­bum of the year.

Cole died Thurs­day evening at Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les due to com­pli­ca­tions from on­go­ing health is­sues, her fam­ily said in a state­ment.

“Natalie fought a fierce, coura­geous bat­tle, dy­ing how she lived ... with dig­nity, strength and hon­our. Our beloved Mother and sis­ter will be greatly missed and re­main UN­FOR­GET­TABLE in our hearts for­ever,” read the state­ment from her son Robert Yancy and sis­ters Ti­molin and Casey Cole.

“I had to hold back the tears. I know how hard she fought,” said Aretha Franklin in a state­ment. “She fought for so long. She was one of the great­est singers of our time.”

Other celebri­ties hon­oured Cole on so­cial me­dia. In a tweet, ac­tress Mar­lee Matlin called Cole a lovely song­bird and a great ac­tress, writ­ing “she is now singing in heaven.” Patti LaBelle tweeted, “She will be truly missed but her light will shine for­ever!”

Natalie Cole had bat­tled drug prob­lems and hep­ati­tis that forced her to un­dergo a kid­ney trans­plant in May 2009. Cole's older sis­ter, Carol “Cookie” Cole, died the day she re­ceived the trans­plant. Their brother, Nat Kelly Cole, died in 1995.

Natalie Cole was in­spired by her dad at an early age and au­di­tioned to sing with him when she was just 11 years old. She was 15 when he died of lung can­cer, in 1965.

She be­gan as an R&B singer but later grav­i­tated to­ward the smooth pop and jazz stan­dards that her fa­ther loved. Cole's great­est suc­cess came with her 1991 al­bum, “Un­for­get­table ... With Love,” which paid trib­ute to her fa­ther with re­worked ver­sions of some of his best-known songs.


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