Natalie Cole, singer and daughter of the legendary singer Nat King Cole Cole, died on Thursday at the age of 65. Cole struggled with health issues over the recent years and was forced to cancel performances these last few months.
The Grammy-winner had long since been diagnosed with hepatitis B, which was linked to her drug abuse past. Congestive heart failure was reportedly the cause of death.
Cole’s musical career took off in the mid-1970s and she turned out R&B hits like “This Will Be,” and “Inseparable.” The 1980s saw her reinvent herself as a pop artist with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac.” In the 1990s she found new success singing standards made famous by her father and especially with the release of “Unforgettable,” to which she performed a “virtual” duet by singing alongside her father’s original vocals.