Renowned R&B and jazz vocalist Natalie Cole died on Thursday at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 65.
The daughter of the late Nat King Cole died of congestive heart failure related to ongoing health issues, CBS News has confirmed.
Cole faced many medical problems in recent years. In February 2008, the singer announced she was diagnosed with hepatitis C. A year later she underwent a kidney transplant. This fall she was forced to cancel a batch of tour dates because of medical issues.
Her family released a statement saying, “It is with heavy hearts that we bring to you all 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.”