Grammy winner Natalie Cole has passed away. She was 65.
Daughter of Nat ‘King’ Cole, who carried on her late father’s musical legacy and through technology, shared a duet with him on ‘Unforgettable,’ died on January 1 in Los Angeles due to compilations from ongoing health issues, reports News24.com.
“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,” a statement released by her son and sisters read,Cole had battled drug problems and hepatitis that forced her to undergo a kidney transplant in May 2009.
She began her career as an R and B singer, but later gravitated toward the smooth pop and jazz standards that her father loved.
Cole’s greatest success came with her 1991 album, ‘Unforgettable … With Love,’ which paid tribute to her father with reworked versions of some of his best-known songs.