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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Natalie Cole, R&B and jazz singer, dies aged 65

Natalie Cole, whose hit songs included the duet Unforgettable with her father Nat "King" Cole, has died aged 65.

Natalie Cole
The Grammy-winning singer died on Thursday night at a hospital in Los Angeles, her publicist told the Associated Press news agency.
She rose to fame as an R&B artist with tracks such as This Will Be and Inseparable.The singer had recently cancelled a series of performances, including one on New Year's Eve.

"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.
Natalie Cole
Natalie had battled drug problems and hepatitis in the past, and underwent a kidney transplant in 2009.
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.
On the hit track Unforgettable, her voice was remixed with her father's, 25 years after his death.
The album went on to win six Grammys, including album of the year, as well as song of the year for the title track. (From BBC News)

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