Friday, January 01, 2016

Obituary: Natalie Cole

Singer Natalie Cole, 65, has died. For years she battled drug abuse and hepatitis C and was in poor health for quite some time.

She did successfully "kick" the drugs, but her health was another matter altogether.

Cole passed away last night. The cause was congestive heart failure.

She was the daughter of Nat "King" Cole, who died 50 years ago of lung cancer.

From the NYT:

Maureen O’Connor, a spokeswoman for Ms. Cole, confirmed her death without giving a cause, according to The Associated Press. Ms. Cole had undergone a kidney transplant in 2009 and had suffered from other ailments recently, forcing the cancellation of a series of tour dates in November and December.

Ms. Cole — who was raised around jazz royalty in the company of her father and her mother, Maria Hawkins Cole, a singer who worked with Duke Ellington and Count Basie — came into her own as a singer in the 1970s by staking out her own territory in R&B. Her first album, “Inseparable,” in 1975, won two Grammys, and “Sophisticated Lady,” on a follow-up album the next year, won another.

Ms. Cole’s reputation declined for several years, partly because of struggles with drug addiction. But she came back, creating the biggest hit of her career by uniting, at least in the studio, with the legacy and voice of her father, singing along with him on a recording of his standard “Unforgettable” and winning several Grammys in 1991.

Her mother died a couple of years ago.

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