IBTIMES – A rep for Natalie Cole released the following statment to TMZ: “It is with heavy hearts that we bring to youall the news of our Mother and sister’s passing.
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.”
“This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” singer Natalie Cole is dead at the age of 65. Cole reportedly died of congestive heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital.
The singer and songwriter, best known for her performances of songs such as “Inseparable,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Unforgettable,” was the daughter of the singers Nat King Cole and Maria Hawkins Cole. She was recently struggling with health issues, which resulted in her canceling some tours. TMZ broke the news of her death Friday.
Cole struggled with drug addiction in the 1980s 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 tests.”