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Music legend Natalie Cole dead at 65, read the reactions of netizens

Natalie Cole

Soul singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat 'King' Cole who found success in her own right but struggled with substance abuse, has died at age 65, reports said Friday, AFP reports.

According to celebrity gossip site TMZ, Cole died at a Los Angeles hospital from heart failure. Representatives for the singer could not immediately be reached on New Year's Day.

Cole is the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole. She carved out her own success with R & B hits like "Our Love" and "This Will Be" before triumphantly intertwining their legacies to make his "Unforgettable" their signature hit together, AP writes.

Her family was devastated over the loss the iconic singer. A statement from her son Robert Yancy, and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole, reads:
"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." 
 Meanwhile, long-time friend and fellow music icon Aretha Franklin was shocked after hearing of Cole's death. In a statement, she said:
"I had to hold back the tears. I know how hard she fought. She fought for so long. She was one of the greatest singers of our time."
Her career success highlighted by soaring achievements, including 9 Grammys and 30 million records sold worldwide, was equally matched by her battle over drug addiction and health issues. She rose to musical success in the mid–1970s as an R&B artist with the hits "This Will Be", "Inseparable", and "Our Love". After a period of failing sales and performances due to a heavy drug addiction, Cole re-emerged as a pop artist with the 1987 album Everlasting and her cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac". In the 1990s, she re-recorded standards by her father, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable... with Love, which sold over seven million copies and also won Cole Album and Record of the Year honors  at the 1992 Grammys.

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