Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat “King” Cole, has passed away.
The Grammy award winning artist spent her last night at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and died of compilations from ongoing health issues, her family said in a statement.
“Natalie 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,” read the statement from her son Robert Yancy and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole.
In 2009, after continuous drug problems and issues from hepatitis, Cole received a kidney transplant. “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.”
Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said in a statement: “We are very saddened to learn of the passing of one of music’s most celebrated and iconic women, Natalie Cole… We’ve lost a wonderful, highly cherished artist and our heartfelt condolences go out to Natalie’s family, friends, her many collaborators, as well as to all who have been entertained by her exceptional talent.”
In recent months, Cole cancelled several appearances citing a medical procedure and subsequent stay at the hospital.