Singer Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat ‘King’ Cole has died

SHARE Singer Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat ‘King’ Cole has died
SHARE Singer Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat ‘King’ Cole has died

LOS ANGELES — Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning daughter of Nat “King” Cole” who carried on her late father’s musical legacy and, through technology, shared a duet with him on “Unforgettable,” has died. She was 65.

Ms. Cole died Thursday evening at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to compilations from ongoing health issues, her family said in a statement.

Ms. Cole was no stranger to Chicago audiences, having performed here at numerous concert venues over the years, including a scheduled concert last February at North Central College in Naperville.

In 2011, Ms. Cole headlined a free concert at Taste of Chicago, and 2013 she performed a double-bill with Ramsey Lewis at Ravinia.

Ms. Cole’s first husband was Grammy-winning gospel artist/producer and Chicago minister Marvin Yancy, who headed the congregation at Fountain of Life Baptist Church on the city’s South Side from the late 1970s until his death in 1985. The couple were married in 1976 and had one son. They divorced in 1980.

“I still love recording and still love the stage, but like my dad, I have the most fun when I am in front of that glorious orchestra or that kick-butt big band,” Ms. Cole said on her website in 2008.

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