BYON 01/01/16 AT 11:38 AM
“This Will Be” singer Natalie Cole is dead at the age of 65. Cole reportedly died from congestive heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital.
The singer, songwriter, who is best known for her songs “Unforgettable,” and “Inseparable,” is the daughter of the late jazz singer Nat King Cole and singer Maria Hawkins Cole. She was recently struggling with health issues which resulted in her canceling some tours. TMZ broke the news of her death on Friday.
Cole struggled with drug addiction in the 80s and learned in 2008 that she had Hepatitis C.
“I was a heroin addict, sharing needles with the crowd I was with,” she told People magazine in 2008. “At the time I was having fun. I didn’t know. Then, 25 years later after a routine blood test, my doctor tells me, ‘You have hepatitis C.’ My life crumbled before my eyes. I never had symptoms. I didn’t know anything about it. Would I still have a career? Was I going to die? How long did I have? I was devastated. I had to let it sink in for six weeks while they ran more test.”
The singer ended up receiving chemotherapy and taking an antiviral drug called Ribavirinalso. However, she also had issues with kidney failure. In 2009 she received a kidney transplant from an organ donor, a deceased fan.
Natalie Cole’s health issues didn’t make headlines in recent years, but the SFGate reported in October that Cole had canceled all of her November and December tour dates after a medical procedure required an “extended hospital stay.”
Reverend Jesse Jackson took to Twitter to comment on Cole’s death:
Cole has been nominated for numerous Grammy awards over the years, winning her first in 1976 for Best New Artist and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female. The following year she landed another award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female, for her song “Sophisticated Lady.” In 1992 she was able to recreate her Grammy magic by pulling in three awards – Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Performance. The last Grammy she won was in 2009 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Still Unforgettable.” Although she was still touring up until her death, her last album release was in 2013 with “Natalie Cole en Español.”
Natalie Cole is survived by her son, singer Robert Adam Yancy.
Other celebrities and friends of Cole also took to Twitter to share their condolences.