Natalie Cole dead at 65: Natalie was daughter of Nat King Cole

Natalie Cole, who followed her legendary father into the music business, died at age 65.  According to publicist Maureen O’Connor, the cause of death was reportedly congestive heart failure. A physically weakened Cole, and winner of nine Grammy Awards, canceled a string of concert performances in recent months after a recurrence of hepatitis C linked to her earlier drug abuse.

Natalie daughter of music icon Nat (King) Cole scored a huge 1991 hit with “Unforgettable” — a virtual duet with her late father (the album spent five weeks at No. 1 on the pop charts, sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and won six Grammys). Natalie was just 15 when her father died in 1965, a decade before his daughter launched her own solo recording career.

In 2009, she received a kidney from an anonymous donor after hepatitis C forced her into dialysis. Cole became a spokesperson for the University Kidney Research Organization, a group dedicated to eradicating kidney disease.