Singer, Natalie Cole, has died at the age of 65. From the New York Times obituary:
Natalie Cole, the Grammy Award-winning singer whose hits included “Inseparable,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Unforgettable,” a virtual duet with her father, Nat King Cole, that topped the Billboard charts in 1991, died in Los Angeles on Thursday. She was 65.
Maureen O’Connor, a spokeswoman for Ms. Cole, confirmed her death without giving a cause, according to The Associated Press. Ms. Cole had undergone a kidney transplant in 2009 and had suffered from other ailments recently, forcing the cancellation of a series of tour dates in November and December.
Read the rest at The New York Times.
The singer appeared on American Idol in 2009. She sang “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing” for the season 9 Top 5 results show. The theme was songs from the Rat Pack which featured the remaining contestants singing standards.
Natalie performs a virtual duet, “Unforgettable” with her late father, Nat King Cole. It was her biggest hit, earning her several Grammys in 1991.
Reality stars are paying tribute to the singer:
— Ruben Studdard (@RubenStuddard) January 1, 2016
I am so sad to hear about Natalie Cole’s passing. I feel she has always been apart of my life in… https://t.co/bbmQGfkGwe
— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) January 1, 2016
I am so sad to hear about Natalie Cole’s passing. I feel she has always been apart of my life in many ways. Before the craziness & now. Her father, Nat King Cole, is my favorite artist of all time. ‘Smile’ is a song I sing to myself whenever things get overwhelming. I sang ‘This Will Be’ on the American Idol tour w/ @mdoolittle, my favorite part of that show. A few years later, I had the honor of actually singing it with her on stage. I don’t remember what I sounded like, I was too much in awe of her. But, I sure remember her standing next to me, voice so pure & clear as a bell. I will never ever forget that moment. She was always so kind & exuded so much grace. Rest in everlasting love. I’m sure the heavens are absolutely loving you and your dad rejoicing together. ‘Unforgettable in every way….’ That you are, Natalie, that you are.??
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RIP Natalie Cole. I’ve done so many happy dances to ‘This Will Be’
— Jeffery Austin (@JefferyAustin) January 1, 2016