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Natalie Cole dies at 65, Recording Academy Responds

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Sadly, another R&B legend is gone.

Natalie Cole, the multi-Grammy winning daughter of Nat King Cole has died. Cole passed away at Cedars Sinai Hospital in LA Thursday evening at the age of 65 following a long-time battle with illness, Publicist Maureen O'Connor confirmed.

Remembered for her alluring golden colored cat eyes just as much as for the music, Cole made classics of such songs as "This Will Be," from her first album "Inseparable." Her career took form in the 70s and thrived for decades after, yielding timeless signature slow jams such as  “I’ve Got Love on My Mind” and “Our Love.” Although she continued her father's music legacy Cole battled drug addiction along the way.

Through technology Cole joined her father on a duet on the classic "Unforgettable." Her mother Maria Hawkins Ellington was also a singer with the Duke Ellington Orchestra singer. Last night, their souls became inseparable through death.

Cole kindly gave me an "Unforgettable" 10 minute interview on the red carpet at the Music Cares Grammy Salute to her contemporary Aretha Franklin, sharing the details of her amicable reunion with former boyfriend who was an L. A. newscaster.  Ms. Cole was a native of Los Angels and they's dated in high school and he was her date that night.  I will cherish the memory for that intimate interview forever.

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Natalie Cole
Jan. 1, 2016
We are very saddened to learn of the passing of one of music’s most celebrated and iconic women, Natalie Cole. A nine-time GRAMMY® winner and MusiCares Person of the Year honoree in 1993, Natalie followed her legendary father into the music business with magnificent hits like “Inseparable,” “This Will Be” and “Unforgettable,” achieving multiplatinum, worldwide success in her own right. We’ve lost a wonderful, highly cherished artist and our heartfelt condolences go out to Natalie’s family, friends, her many collaborators, as well as to all who have been entertained by her exceptional talent.

Neil PortnowPresident/CEOThe Recording Academy