Natalie Cole, American singer, songwriter, dies at 65


Natalie Cole, the American singer who overcame battles with substance abuse and the long shadow of her famous father to earn worldwide success of her own, has died. She was 65.

Publicist Maureen O’Connor told NBC News that Cole died Thursday night. O’Connor had no details about how or where Cole died.

The daughter of Nat “King” Cole built a chart-topping career with hits such as “This Will Be”, “Inseparable” and “Our Love.” She fought health problems for years and received a kidney transplant in 2009 after developing hepatitis.

Cole recently had to cancel planned tour stops, including one in Louisville, due to illness, according to WDRB.

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. The album sold 14 million copies.

Nat “King” Cole died of lung cancer in 1965 at age 45. Natalie Cole had just turned 15 at the time of her father’s death.

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