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Jessica Derschowitz
January 02, 2016 AT 08:52 PM EST

Mariah Carey says she was “beyond devastated” to learn of the death of fellow singer Natalie Cole.

Carey shared a photo on Twitter showing the pair embracing one another as she paid tribute to Cole.

“Beyond devastated to hear about the passing of the beautiful and talented Natalie Cole,” she wrote.


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Cole, the iconic singer known for hits like “This Will Be” and “Inseparable,” died Thursday at the age of 65.

“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.”

Others who have paid tribute to the nine-time Grammy winner, who recorded more than 20 albums over the course of her career, include Tony Bennett, Emmy Rossum, Jordin Sparks, Al Roker, Rosie O’Donnell, and Arsenio Hall. Head here to see how they remembered Cole.

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