According to TMZ, soul and jazz singer Natalie Cole has died at age 65 in Los Angeles. The daughter of the legendary Nat “King” Cole established herself as one of the greatest voices of the last four decades.
Natalie Cole’s professional recording career began in the mid ’70s when she released her debut album Inseparable. She won a Grammy for the lead single “This Will Be.” She went on to release over twenty albums over her career, including an album of covers of her father’s songs, Unforgettable..with Love. It sold over 7 million copies and won the Album Of The Year Grammy in 1992.
As with most soul singers, Natalie Cole’s music was popular with hip-hop producers, having provided the underbelly to songs by Lloyd Banks (“Karma”), Kanye West, (“Heard ‘Em Say”) and Jay Z (“All I Need”), to name a few.
Sadly, Cole’s career was met with challenges like drug addiction, which lead to health complications like hepatitis and liver disease. She was in the midst of a tour in 2015 and most of her most recent posts on social media were of her chronicling her journey, but she cancelled several of her more recent dates due to poor health. According to reports she died from congestive heart failure.