Singer Natalie Cole dead at 65
Cole died from congestive heart failure following complications from a kidney transplant and Hepatitis C.
NEW YORK - Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of Nat King Cole, has died at the age of 65, according to US media reports.
The TMZ celebrity news website said Cole died from congestive heart failure following complications from a kidney transplant and Hepatitis C, diagnosed in 2008.
Cole, who had struggled with drug problems in the past, scored a big hit in 1991 with Unforgettable, a virtual duet with her late father, who died before his daughter began her solo career.
Unforgettable and the album it came from earned Cole three of her nine Grammy Awards.
"#NatalieCole, sister beloved & of substance and sound. May her soul rest in peace. #Inseperable," the Rev. Jessie Jackson posted on Twitter.
"#NatalieCole.. Condolences to family. What an incredible woman, a loving. joyful & peaceful soul. Rest in peace," Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said in another tweet.
Rest in Peace Natalie Cole! #OneOfTheGreats— Keith Sweat (@OGKeithSweat) January 1, 2016
RIP my friend Natalie Cole https://t.co/M5LehBxiEL— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) January 1, 2016
RIP Natalie Cole, a true class act. There's only word to describe her and her legacy: memorable. Yes, you truly were memorable in every way.— Nathan Rabin (@nathanrabin) January 1, 2016
Fly away home Natalie Cole... pic.twitter.com/BySXtbLsW5— Cedella Marley (@cedellamarley) January 1, 2016