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Natalie ColeDecember 31, 2015 singer and songwriter Natalie Cole, 65, died due to complications from ongoing health issues. In a statement her sisters, Timolin and Casey Cole, and son Robert Yancey, “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.”

Recently Cole cancelled scheduled tour stops, including one in Louisville and one in New York due to illness. Cole won nine Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year in 1992 for “Unforgettable … With Love,” a virtual duet made with the recordings of her late father.

“We’ve lost a wonderful, highly cherished artist and our heartfelt condolences go out to Natalie’s family, friends, her many collaborators, as well as to all who have been entertained by her exceptional talent,” said Neil Portnow, President and CEO of The Recording Academy.

Cole was inspired by her father’s success in music and began her own career as an R&B singer however, she later moved toward smooth pop and jazz genres. Her first album, 1975’s “Inseparable,” won two Grammys — one for best new artist and one for best female R&B vocal performance for the hit “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).”

Throughout her life, Cole was vocal about her struggles with addiction and published a book, Angel on My Shoulder, in efforts to help others who also struggled.

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