Natalie Cole, the daughter of Nat “King” Cole, has died at the age of 65.
The singer died on December 31 at a hospital in Los Angeles, her publicist told the Associated Press.
Natalie Cole’s hit songs included the duet Unforgettable with her father.
She rose to fame as an R&B artist with tracks such as This Will Be and Inseparable.
Natalie Cole recently had canceled a series of performances, including one on New Year’s Eve.
According to AP, a statement from Natalie Cole’s son Robert Yancy, and sisters, Timolin and Casey Cole 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.”
Natalie Cole had battled drug problems and hepatitis in the past, and underwent a kidney transplant in 2009.
Her greatest success came with her 1991 album, Unforgettable… With Love, which paid tribute to her father with reworked versions of some of his best-known songs, including That Sunday That Summer, Too Young and Mona Lisa.
Unforgettable saw Natalie Cole’s voice remixed with her father’s, 25 years after Nat King Cole’s death.
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