he file picture dated 28 July 2010 shows US singer Natalie Cole during her concert at the Blue Balls Festival at the KKL centre in Lucerne, Switzerland. According to media reports on 01 January 2016, Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole, has died aged 65.
he file picture dated 28 July 2010 shows US singer Natalie Cole during her concert at the Blue Balls Festival at the KKL centre in Lucerne, Switzerland. According to media reports on 01 January 2016, Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole, has died aged 65. EPA - URS FLUEELER

Natalie Cole has died, aged 65

NATALIE Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, who carved out her own considerable success with R&B hits like "Our Love" and "This Will Be" before triumphantly intertwining their legacies to make his "Unforgettable" their signature hit through technological wizardry, has died. She was 65.

While Cole was a Grammy winner in her own right, she had her greatest success in 1991 when she re-recorded her father's classic hits "with him on the track" for the album "Unforgettable ... With Love." It became a multi-platinum smash and garnered her multiple Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

Cole died Thursday evening at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles due to complications from ongoing health issues, her family said in a statement.

"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," read the statement from her son Robert Yancy and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole.

Natalie Cole had battled drug problems and hepatitis that forced her to undergo a kidney transplant in May 2009. Cole's older sister, Carol "Cookie" Cole, died the day she received the transplant. Their brother, Nat Kelly Cole, died in 1995.

 
 

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