Sadly, Natalie Cole, the daughter of the late Nat King Cole, has died. The beloved singer-songwriter was confirmed dead by multiple sources on New Year's Eve. Her cause of death is reportedly from congestive heart failure. She was 65-years-old.
According to an AP tweet Natalie Cole died Thursday in Los Angeles, California's Cedar Sinai Hospital. The Grammy Award-winning singer was hospitalized for treatment of ongoing medical problems until things took a turn for the worse.
The singer's son, Robert Yancy and sisters Casey and Timolin Cole, read a statement about the death of Natalie Cole.
"It is with heavy hearts that we bring to you all the news of our Mother and sister's passing. 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."
Cole was born into music. At 11, she auditioned and sang with her famous father, who passed away in 1965. Natalie recorded her first album, "Inseparable" in 1975. It received positive reviews and won her two Grammy awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" and another for Best New Artist
Her greatest success in music came when she recorded her 1991 album, "Unforgettable ... With Love," a tribute to her father's timeless music.
According to TMZ Natalie Cole suffered from underlying medical conditions. She had a kidney transplant in 2009, required frequent dialysis treatments, and struggled through Hepatitis C for most of her adult life.
Cole also was a recovering drug addict. She admitted to abusing narcotics until she finally entered rehab in 1983.
R.I.P. songbird; you will be missed.