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Natalie Cole (February 6, 1950 – December 31, 2015)
Natalie Maria Cole was famously the daughter of R&B legend Nat “King” Cole. He died of lung cancer in 1965 and afterward she and her mother started having problems. She followed in her father’s footsteps by pursuing a musical career with the media billing Cole as the “new Aretha Franklin.” In the 1980s, Cole’s career hit a slump and she was personally battling drug addictions. By the middle of the decade, she was back on top of the charts and healthy. In 1991, she famously inserted herself into one of her father’s biggest hits, Unforgettable.
Professionally, Cole may not have made too many missteps but personally her life was not easy. She was married three times. Her first husband Marvin Yancy died of a heart attack at age 34 in 1985. Her son died of a heart attack as well at age 39 two years after Cole in 2017. During her addiction, she worked as a prostitute’s tout. In fact, her son almost drowned in the family swimming pool while she was on a drug binge. In 2008 she announced she was suffering from hepatitis C, a liver disease she contracted from infected blood during her intravenous drug use period. Four months after starting to receive treatment, Cole experienced kidney failure and required dialysis. On December 31, 2015, Cole died of congestive heart failure. After her death, her family confirmed that Cole had been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension after a kidney transplant in 2009. Her intravenous drug use was for sure a contributing factor in her death. Over her lifetime, Cole released 23 studio albums. She died at age 65 and was survived by her son Robert Adam “Robbie” Yancy.