The Grammy-winning R&B – Pop singer Natalie Cole transitioned from this life on Thursday night December 31, 2015 in Los Angeles. The singer was 65 years old.
In 1977, she had two platinum albums and her own Christmas special – and two years later she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Natalie rose to fame as an R&B artist with tracks such as This Will Be, and Inseparable. Her greatest success came with her 1991 album, Unforgettable… With Love, which paid tribute to her father with reworked versions of some of his best-known songs, including That Sunday That Summer, Too Young and Mona Lisa. The album went on to win six Grammys, including album of the year, as well as song of the year for the title track. The follow-up albums Natalie and Unpredictable cemented her success, with tracks such as Sophisticated Lady and I’ve Got Love On My Mind, bringing further chart glory.
“Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived… with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain unforgettable in our hearts forever.” ~ Statement from her son Robert Yancy, and sisters, Timolin and Casey Cole.