Natalie Cole’s family, friends and fans are mourning her death this morning after it was announced that the singer with the “Unforgettable” voice had passed away. Cole, 65, had been battling health issues before her passing, issues that forced her to cancel a New Years Eve performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
“Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived… with dignity, strength and honour. Our beloved mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain unforgettable in our hearts forever,” said a statement from her son Robert Yancy, and sisters, Timolin and Casey Cole, AP reported.
Many of Cole’s celebrity friends have already taken to Twitter to express their devastation over the loss, including Arsenio Hall who shared his personal connection to the star with his followers:
In college, I named my bass guitar Natalie! As a young stand up comic I opened for Natalie Cole. She was all that, in all ways! [ RIP ]
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) January 1, 2016
Other people paying their respects via social media include Lenny Kravitz, Randy Jackson and Russell Simmons.
R I P Natalie Cole one of the greatest sweetest most talented people I have ever met.thank u for all u gave us pic.twitter.com/COj27t3G59
— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) January 1, 2016
RIP my friend Natalie Cole https://t.co/M5LehBxiEL
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) January 1, 2016
As the new year was ushered in, an angelic instrument moved on. Natalie Cole's voice was… https://t.co/4YdjGSfMpr
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) January 1, 2016
— Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox) January 1, 2016
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) January 1, 2016
Hard to follow such an iconic father, but @NatalieCole perfected her own artistic genius. What a loss. Loved her.
— Tavis Smiley (@tavissmiley) January 1, 2016
Losing Natalie Cole is a sad start to a new year.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 1, 2016
Our thoughts are also with the Cole family.
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