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*The twin sisters of the late Natalie Cole are opening up to PEOPLE following the sudden death of her son, Robert Yancy.

Yancy passed away on Tuesday (8-15-17) at the age of 39. So far, it’s being reported that he died from a heart attack, however San Fernando Valley police are awaiting autopsy results to confirm that. In the meantime, Timolin and Casey Cole want you to know about the personal grief that he struggled with over the lose of his mother.

“We are at a loss for words,” the twins tell PEOPLE exclusively. “He was deeply saddened over the loss of his mother,” adds Timolin of Robert. “When Natalie died, he lost the most important person in his life. It was very hard for him.”

“When Natalie died, he lost the most important person in his life. It was very hard for him.”

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Robert’s father is Natalie’s ex-husband, late musician and ordained minister Marvin Yancy. As a music producer and songwriter, he also wrote some of Cole’s classic hits, including “This Will Be (An Everlasting love)” and “Sophisticated Lady (She’s A Different Lady).” Sadly, Marvin died at 39 from a heart condition.

Natalie Cole passed away on December 31, 2015 from congestive heart failure. Robert was a musician who played in his mother’s band and even played at her funeral. The twins said that he was in the process of reclaiming his life following his battle with depression.

“He bought a new place to live and was super excited about celebrating his 40th birthday on Oct. 14,” Casey said. “He didn’t go to the doctor much, but he was feeling good. He was so busy with his life that he neglected that part.”

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The late Natalie Cole, her late son, Robert and twins Timolin and Casey Cole (photo: courtesy Maureen O’Connor)

 
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