The world just lost one of the most iconic voices in music. Natalie Cole, the R&B darling and daughter of Nat King Cole, lost her enduring health battle early on New Year’s Day. She passed away at an LA hospital, and according to TMZ, she suffered from several health issues, which ended in congestive heart failure at an LA hospital. She was 65.
Natalie will best be remembered as the singer of 1991’s “Unforgettable,” which she recorded alongside the voice of her late father. Nat never lived to see his daughter’s success, but she kept his legacy alive in a way that would make any father proud. Natalie sent a number of hits into the charts, including “This Will Be” and a rousing cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac.” Her family released a statement to CBS News:
“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.”
Harrison Golden of Fox News was among the first to tweet confirmation of this sad news.
The Associated Press confirmed as well. Rest in peace.