We have some sad news to start the New Year. The legendary R&B singer Natalie Cole passed away yesterday at the age of 65. She died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The brilliant and beautiful Natalie got an early start as a singer at the age of six. Her father was the renown Nat King Cole, and her mother was jazz vocalist Maria Ellington (no relation to Duke Ellington, but the two did sing together). Natalie regularly appeared with her siblings on The Nat King Cole Show in the 1950s.

Her greatest hits included “I Love For Your Love,” and “This Will Be,” which you might remember fondly from Lindsay Lohan’s The Parent Trap. There was also “Unforgettable,” a duet she sang virtually with her late father Nat King Cole. Their two voices were blended together for a new version of the song, which spent 17 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Natalie’s awards include nine Grammys, three AMAs and a handful of other awards and recognitions. Later in her career she enjoyed acting, and had guest spots on TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Touched By an Angel and Law & Order: SVU.

“Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived … with dignity, strength and honor,” said her family in a statement.

Natalie Cole will live on through her beautiful music. Our hearts and thoughts are with her son, Robert Yancey, and her two sisters, Timolin Cole and Casey Cole.

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