Friday, January 01, 2016

'Unforgettable' Singer - Natalie King Cole Dies At 65

Natalie Cole, whose hit songs included the duet Unforgettable with her father Nat 'King' Cole, has died aged 65.  The Grammy-winning singer died from congestive heart failure on New Year's eve - 31st December 2015 at a hospital in Los Angeles, her publicist told the Associated Press news agency.

Natalie rose to fame as an R&B artist with tracks such as This Will Be and Inseparable.  The singer recently had cancelled a series of performances, including one on New Year's Eve.  Her son Robert Yancy and his sisters Rimolin and Casey Cole released a statement saying: 

"Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived... with dignity, strength and honour. Our beloved mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain unforgettable in our hearts forever,''

Rev Jesse Jackson was among the first to tweet his condolences: "#NatalieCole, sister beloved & of substance and sound. May her soul rest in peace. #Inseparable."

The singer had battled drug problems and hepatitis in the past, and underwent a kidney transplant in 2009.  Her 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, including That Sunday That Summer, Too Young' and Mona Lisa.'  The hit track Unforgettable saw her voice remixed with her father's, 25 years after his death.

culled from BBC

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