Natalie Cole, whose battles with health and substance abuse issues were well-documented over the years, has died at 65.
Once called “the new Aretha Franklin” in the 1970s, her first recordings were on the Capitol Label; she picked up nine grammys through 2009.
The music website Discogs notes, “Among her many hits, highlights include “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”, “I’ve Got Love On My Mind”, “Our Love”, her duet with Ray Parker Jr., “Over you”, her duet with Freddie Jackson, “I Do”, her duets album with Peabo Bryson and the “virtual” duets albums with her late father Nat King Cole.”
Ms. Cole died last evening at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles due to “ongoing health issues,” according to a family spokesperson. She openly talked about her early-80s drug addiction, but was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2008, and had canceled many recent scheduled appearances – citing a “medical procedure” and hospital stay.