Legendary singer, Natalie Cole, has died at the age of 65.
TMZ reports that the ‘Unforgettable’ songstress died from congestive heart failure and medical complications from a kidney transplant and Hepatitis C.
The daughter of the late Nat King Cole reportedly cancelled tour dates due to illness and health problems–including a show set for New Year’s Eve at LA’s Disney Concert Hall.
The performer rose to fame in the 1970s with her hits ‘This Will Be’ and ‘Inseparable,’ carrying the vocal torch of her father’s legacy.
The star re-recorded some of her father’s classics on her album ‘Unforgettable…With Love,’ which won her numerous Grammys and critical acclaim.
The family said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune:
“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.”
Cole leaves behind a son and a myriad of fans who followed her voice and legacy.
Rest in peace, beloved.