Natalie Cole, the iconic singer known for hits like “This Will Be” and “Inseparable,” is being remembered by fans and friends following her death at the age of 65.
Cole recorded more than 20 albums over the course of her career, including her breakout debut Inseparable and her record-breaking album Unforgettable… with Love, on which she recorded a number of her father Nat King Cole’s hits. Cole won nine Grammy awards, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.
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“It is with heavy hearts that we bring to you all the news of our Mother and sister’s passing. Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived … with dignity, strength and honor,” Cole’s sisters, Timolin Cole and Casey Cole, and her son, Robert Yancy, said in a statement provided to EW. “Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever.”
Fellow musicians from Chance The Rapper to Tony Bennett honored Cole on Twitter by sharing photos and clips from her performances. See below for more from them and other stars.
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Natalie Cole, as I have cherished the long friendship I had with her, her father Nat, and the family over the years. Natalie was an exceptional jazz singer and it was an honor to have recorded and performed with her on several occasions. She was a lovely and generous person who will be greatly missed.
Today, we are listening and singing along to “This Will Be” to honor the incomparable Natalie Cole.
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) January 1, 2016
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) January 1, 2016
I am so sad to hear about Natalie Cole’s passing. I feel she has always been apart of my life in many ways. Before the craziness & now. Her father, Nat King Cole, is my favorite artist of all time. ‘Smile’ is a song I sing to myself whenever things get overwhelming. I sang ‘This Will Be’ on the American Idol tour w/ @mdoolittle, my favorite part of that show. A few years later, I had the honor of actually singing it with her on stage. I don’t remember what I sounded like, I was too much in awe of her. But, I sure remember her standing next to me, voice so pure & clear as a bell. I will never ever forget that moment. She was always so kind & exuded so much grace. Rest in everlasting love. I’m sure the heavens are absolutely loving you and your dad rejoicing together. ‘Unforgettable in every way….’ That you are, Natalie, that you are.❤️
So sad to hear about Natalie Cole. #Unforgettable
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 1, 2016
Thoughts and prayers to the family of the great Natalie Cole who passed this am at 65
— Al Roker (@alroker) January 1, 2016
we will miss her like crazy https://t.co/GXROUGKGDL -
— Rosie (@Rosie) January 1, 2016
On day one of high school my sister drove me and my friends to school and we blasted “This Will Be” and life was so good. RIP Natalie Cole.
— Paula Pell (@perlapell) January 1, 2016
I am saddened by the news of the passing of my friend Natalie Cole. Lovely song bird (and great actress too) - she is now singing in heaven
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) January 1, 2016
Losing Natalie Cole is a sad start to a new year.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 1, 2016
In college, I named my bass guitar Natalie! As a young stand up comic I opened for Natalie Cole. She was all that, in all ways! [ RIP ]
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) January 1, 2016
Natalie Cole, has passed away, too soon. She was the nicest person besides one of the best singers ever. Very sad. RIP# Natalie Cole
— Jon Lovitz (@realjonlovitz) January 1, 2016
Heartbroken about the passing of Natalie Cole. I was a huge fan of hers and told her how I felt she was the ultimate. She was so supportive.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 1, 2016
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) January 1, 2016
Taking a moment in the new year: RIP Ms. Natalie Cole
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) January 1, 2016
Rest in peace beautiful #NatalieCole now you can be with your papa. You will be missed.
— lisa rinna (@lisarinna) January 1, 2016