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*Grammy winning singer and daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole,  Natalie Cole, has died at 65

Publicist Maureen O’Connor says Cole died Thursday night, but O’Connor had no details about how or where Cole died.

A TMZ report says that Cole had been sick recently. She even cancelled several tour dates in late December. She also cancelled an upcoming February concert due to illness.

She struggled with substance abuse and was plagued with health problems, suffering from liver disease in 2008. She ended up getting a transplant. Natalie also contracted Hepatitis C, for which she underwent chemo.

According to Wikipedia, In 2000, Cole released an autobiography, Angel on My Shoulder, which described her battle with drugs during much of her life.

  • In the book, Cole admitted to using heroin and crack cocaine.
  • Cole said she began recreational drug use while attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • She also disclosed that she was arrested in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for possession of heroin in 1975.
  • Cole continued to spiral out of control – including one incident where she refused to evacuate a burning building, and another where her young son Robert nearly drowned in the family swimming pool while she was on a drug binge. She did eventually enter rehab in 1983.

In concert with the release of the book, her autobiography was turned into a made-for-TV movie, Livin’ for Love: The Natalie Cole Story, which aired December 10, 2000, on NBC and re-aired October 26, 2011 on Centric TV.

Cole was married 3 times and has a son, Robert Adam “Robbie” Yancy, 38, who toured with her.

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