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Natalie Cole dead: Stars pay tribute

Tony Bennett, Jordin Sparks, and more honor the late singer on Twitter

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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 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.❤️

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