Grammy winner Natalie Cole, daughter of jazz great Nat ‘King’ Cole, dead at 65

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 18:39:01-05

LOS ANGELES – Natalie Cole, Grammy winning singer and daughter of jazz legend Nat "King" Cole, died on the last day of 2015, according to her publicist.

The R&B singer, who was born into music royalty, was 65.

Her publicist, Maureen O'Connor, confirmed Cole's death on New Year's Eve, but couldn't say how or where it happened.  Cole had a history of health problems and had recently canceled a concert scheduled for February.

Cole, who lost both of her parents and one of her sisters, Cookie, had suffering kidney failure and being diagnosed with hepatitis C.  Cole battled drug addiction for much of her life.

She grew up in a household rich with music – her father was legendary singer Nat "King" Cole and Maria Hawkins Cole, who sang with Duke Ellington.

Cole was best known for the songs "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)," "Inseparable" and "Unforgettable," which she sang as a virtual duet with her father.

"Unforgettable . . . With Love" was one of her best known albums, winning Cole six Grammy awards.  She sold 14 million copies.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. tweeted Friday, "#NatalieCole, sister beloved & of substance and sound.  May her soul rest in peace."