Natalie Cole Dead at Age 65

The R&B legend died after illness forced cancellation of a recent tour.

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Nathalie Cole performs during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival on July 10, 2011, in Montreux.  

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Natalie Cole, the singer who followed in the foosteps of her famous father, Nat King Cole, passed away Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of 65. The official cause of death, according to TMZ, was congestive heart failure, but the website reports that she had underlying issues of complications from a kidney transplant.

Cole was a dynamic singer and performer, with hits like "This Will Be," "Inseparable" and "I've Got Love on My Mind."  In 1991 she broke new ground, performing one of the first virtual duets with her famous father, singing his classic "Unforgettable."

The singer, who had canceled a few concert dates this December because of illness, suffered from numerous health issues recently, including hepatitis C. Cole suffered kidney damage as a result of treatments for hepatitis C and received a transplant in 2009. She talked openly about contracting the disease from a dirty needle used to inject heroin during her years of addiction.

Married three times, Natalie Cole leaves behind a son.

Read more at TMZ.