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Natalie Cole R.I.P.

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It’s with great sadness that we relay the news that the American singer and entertainer Natalie Cole has died at the age of 65.

Photo of Nat King ColeCole, the daughter of the great Nat ‘King’ Cole, has suffered with poor health in recent years; in the earlier part of her hugely successful career, she had recovered from drug addiction. She had cancelled various engagements during December due to illness, and is being reported to have died of congestive heart failure on New Year’s Eve. She contracted Hepatitis C in 2008, and her latter-day health issues were largely attributed to kidney disease.

This Will BeBorn in Los Angeles in 1950, Natalie recorded a duet with Nat when she was just six years old, and performed with him on his TV show at the age of 11. She made a sensational start to her own recording career in 1975, showing her prowess as a jazz-pop singer on the US top ten hit ‘This Will Be.’ The song won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and helped her to win the Best New Artist Grammy at the same awards.

Further Grammy glory arrived later, with the massive success of Unforgettable…With Love, the 1991 album which sold seven million copies in the US alone and won Album of the Year. Its ‘Unforgettable’ single, an electronic duet with her father, was named both Record of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Performance.

UnforgettableIn 1994, she won Best Jazz Vocal Performance for the Take A Look album and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for another “duet” with Nat, ‘When I Fall In Love’; the last of no fewer than nine Grammys was Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for 2008’s Still Unforgettable.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has tweeted: “Natalie Cole, sister beloved and of substance and sound. May her soul rest in peace.” Entertainer Arsenio Hall wrote: “As a young stand-up comic, I opened for Natalie Cole. She was all that, in all ways!”

In a statement, her son Robert Yancy and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole said: “Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived…with dignity, strenth and honour. Our beloved mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever.”

22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Paul LeBlanc

    January 1, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Great ones are led, inspired or born from greatness. Will never forget. You will be missed.

  2. ryan

    January 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    So sad
    At least she is now with mum and dad and in song

  3. Mary Giedzinski

    January 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Godspeed Natalie. I so enjoyed your beautiful voice and radiant smile. You and your dad can sing together again.

  4. Peter M.F.Wong

    January 1, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Natalie…U may have left us, but your voice is NEVER gone…RIP Natalie Cole, may u reign forever…

  5. Sissy Breckler

    January 1, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    So Sorry to hear you will be missed

  6. Ed Tomy

    January 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Natalie, you will be missed a great deal. R. I. P.

  7. Gian Luca Ugolini

    January 1, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Ciao Natalie,
    Ti ho amata tanto. Il tuo sorriso era di velluto, come la voce. Grazie per le bellissime cose che hai fatto e che hai lasciato. Mi mancherai molto.
    God bless you.

  8. Oscar

    January 1, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Sorry to read this. A great woman, with such a big talent. RIP.

  9. Azad

    January 1, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    RIP

  10. Laberruezo

    January 1, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Ficamos todos muito triste com seu passamento, descanse em paz, você é insubstituível como foi seu querido pai.
    Deus o guarde em seu seio eterno.

  11. Vivien Cooper

    January 2, 2016 at 12:03 am

    A sad loss, a wonderful lady with a great voice. Sympathy to her family.

  12. gladen

    January 2, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Lovely voice like her father-that is really sad news/thoughts are w/your family
    and may you find comfort in knowing she will be missed by so many

  13. ellen kole

    January 2, 2016 at 1:08 am

    go straight to your dad …r.i..p. together

  14. Susan

    January 2, 2016 at 2:25 am

    So sad for her family to have this happen when it did..no time is good but a holiday is always saddest..

  15. JoAnn Reyes

    January 2, 2016 at 7:22 am

    We are so sorry to hear about the sad news of Natalie Cole R.I.L. You will be dearly miss God bless you n your family Aloha From Hawaii

  16. Jeff drury

    January 2, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Great lady, great voice and talent so sad to her leave us, gone but certainly not to be forgotten.

  17. Roseann Favato

    January 2, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I meet her in 1986 on a cruise out of New York, great persons great singer, RIP..

  18. Wasantha Tennakoon

    January 2, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    She like her father will remain unforgettable in our hearts forever. A great woman with a great voice. Sad loss, truly a sad loss. RIP Natalie.

  19. adam

    January 2, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    R.I.P MY GOD BE WITH YOU NOW AND FOR EVER , YOU WERE MY FAVOURITE,SINGER OF ALL TIMES , YOU WILL BE MISSED . LOVE ADAMO .

  20. Timothy V

    January 2, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    She touched me deeply her mos beautiful voice! She will be sorely missed!!!

  21. MARY BUGARIN

    January 2, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    WAS SO SAD TO HEAR THE NEWS OF NATALIE’S PASSING, SHE IS ONCE AGAIN WITH HER BELOVED DAD, THE GREAT NAT KING COLE, MAY THEY FIND ETERNAL PEACE, THEY WILL BE TRULY MISSED.

  22. José luis

    January 6, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Bella sonrisa, al igual que su voz. Tenemos el legado de sus discos que durarán por siempre. Estás ahora cantándome al señor en perfecta armonía rodeada de tus padres. Bendiciones a tus hijos por la pérdida de tan expectacular madre. Que descanses en paz.

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