|The news broke that R&B legend Natalie Cole passed away,|
The entertainment industry lost a legend. Natalie Cole, the daughter of Nat "King" Cole passed away yesterday. Her family confirmed this news today. She helped her dad score a hit. The song "Unforgetable" was a smash hit from the singer.
She passed away at the age of 65 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Her family said that she was battling health issues. During the 1980s and 1990s, Natalie struggled with heroin and crack addiction. She went into rehab after almost losing her young son Robert.
"Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived....with dignity, strength, and honor. Our beloved mother, sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever." This was coming from her son Robert Yancy and her sisters Timolin and Casey Cole.
Cole had battled drugs and hepatitits that forced her to undergo a transplant of her kidneys.
Natalie lost her sister Carol who they named "Cookie" when she received a transplant. The brother Nat Kelly died in 1995.
Natalie was inspired by the music of her father. She got into the family business at age 11. She was 15 when her dad died of lung cancer.
She took a road to R&B and smooth jazz. She released her album, "Unforgettable.... With Love" which she dedicated to her dad. She took advantage of some of Nat's lost singles and made them into hits.
Besides "Unforgettable" she also hat "That Sunday That Summer", "Too Young" and "Mona Lisa".
She won six Grammys and sold over 14 million units from that album.
Natalie also took advantage of her acting skills. She appeared as a guest star in Shondra Rhines's Grey's Anatomy. Natalie was a resident of Los Angeles.
World News Today send our condolences to the family of Natalie Cole.