Singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat “King” Cole, has died at the age of 65.
Cole passed away in a Los Angeles area hospital, reportedly as a result of congestive heart failure. Her death was first reported on January 1st, but her publicist said she died the previous day (December 31st).
The singer, songwriter, who is best known for her songs “Unforgettable,” and “Inseparable,” was struggling with health issues recently which resulted in her canceling some
Cole struggled with drug addiction in the 80s and was diagnosed in 2008 with Hepatitis C.
“I was a heroin addict, sharing needles with the crowd I was with,” she told People magazine in 2008. “At the time I was having fun. I didn’t know. Then, 25 years later after a routine blood test, my doctor tells me, ‘You have hepatitis C.’ My life crumbled before my eyes. I never had symptoms. I didn’t know anything about it. Would I still have a career? Was I going to die? How long did I have? I was devastated. I had to let it sink in for six weeks while they ran more test.”
In the 1990s, she re-recorded standards by her father, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable… with Love, which sold over seven million copies and also won Cole numerous Grammy Awards.
She sold over 30 million records worldwide.