Nathalie Maria King Cole (February 6, 1950 – December 31, 2015). May her soul Rest in Peace, Amen.
#CelebratingNathalieColesLifeAndMusic I remember watching the video of her classic heart-tugging, beautiful, yet bitter-sweet duet with her late father, the great Nat King Cole.
One of those rare times when technology captures an utterly poignant, memorable and magical Father-Daughter moment in a framed time capsule. #HonouringALadyWithBeautifulEyesAndAHeartofSoul
I also love that regardless of her inner struggle with drugs and hepatitis, she used her unique God-given gifts and talents, was still graceful and courageously touring, thus creating a lasting legacy. Her music lives on.
Rest in Perfect Peace Ms Cole:
This excerpt below is culled from TheGuardian.com
Natalie Cole, the award-winning singer and daughter of jazz legend Nat “King” Cole, has died at age 65.
Her family said she died at Cedars-Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles due to complications from ongoing health issues.
“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.
The singer had battled drug problems and hepatitis for many years. She had a kidney transplant in May 2009.
In her 2000 autobiography, Angel on My Shoulder, Cole discussed how she had battled heroin, crack cocaine and alcohol addiction for many years. She spent six months in rehab in 1983.
When she announced in 2008 that she had been diagnosed with hepatitis C, a liver disease spread through contact with infected blood, she blamed her past intravenous drug use.
Cole received chemotherapy to treat the hepatitis and “within four months, I had kidney failure”, she told CNN’s Larry King in 2009. She needed dialysis three times a week until she received a donor kidney on 18 May 2009.
Cole toured through much of her illness, often receiving dialysis at hospitals around the world. “I think that I am a walking testimony [that] you can have scars,” she told People magazine. “You can go through turbulent times and still have victory in your life.”