“This Will Be (Everlasting Love)” singer Natalie Cole, 65, died of congestive heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital, said a statement issued by her representative.
“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,” said the statement.
Known for her songs “Inseparable,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Unforgettable,” Cole, the daughter of the singers Nat King Cole and Maria Hawkins Cole, had faced several heart problems cancelling her tours and succumbed to heart attack on Friday, when the world welcome New Year 2016.
She was reportedly addicted to drugs and suffered from hepatitis C eight years ago. “I was a heroin addict, sharing needles with the crowd I was with,” she herself admitted to People magazine in 2008.
Her habits 25 years later resulted in several health issues and she was constantly undergoing blood tests but continued her career. She event underwent chemotherapy and antiviral drug called Ribavirin. In 2009, she went in for kidney transplant. Recently, her tours were seen cancelled in a row since October.
She was first nominated for numerous Grammy Awards in 1976 and has been a constant contestant for the honour over the years. In 1992, she won three Grammys — Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Performance. Her last Grammy was won in 2009 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Still Unforgettable.” Her last album was released in 2013 with “Natalie Cole en Espanol.” Cole is survived by her son Robert Adam Yancy, who is also a singer.
Our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, & fans of nine-time GRAMMY winner Natalie Cole. pic.twitter.com/WvcduvBUJo
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) January 1, 2016