Natalie Cole, a nine-time Grammy-winning R&B, soul singer, and daughter of jazz icon Nat King Cole, has died at that age of 65.
She passed away on Thursday, New Year’s Eve, at a Los Angeles hospital after suffering “complications from ongoing health issues,” her son, Robert Yancy, and identical twin sisters, Timolin Cole and Casey Cole, said in a statement obtained by E! News.
“It is with heavy hearts that we bring to you all the news of our Mother and sister’s passing,” they said. “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.”
In 2008, Natalie was diagnosed with hepatitis C and underwent a kidney transplant a year later. In her 2010 memoir Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain, she reveals her doctor told her that her past heroin abuse could have spurred her to contract the disease, which remained dormant in her body for more than 20 years.
Natalie had recently canceled several concerts, including two New Year’s Eve shows at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, due to health reasons.