On Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, “Sophisticated Lady” Natalie Cole died of congestive heart failure. She was 65.
“Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived … with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever,” said son Robert Yancy and twin sisters Timolin and Casey Cole in a statement.
As the death of Cole slowly begins to sit with fans, people across the globe are remembering the songbird for her incredible talent on-and-off stage. Much like her father, late jazz singer Nat King Cole, the vocal powerhouse leaves behind a rich body of work providing fans, old and new, with a point of reference to her artistry, mastery of the craft and showmanship.
For a look back at some of the Grammy Award winner’s greatest hits including “Pink Cadillac,” “This Will Be,” a rendition of “Say a Little Prayer” and many more, click here: a look back.