Singer Natalie Cole performing, August 2007. Photo by dbking (IMG_1350) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Singer Natalie Cole performing, August 2007. Photo by dbking (IMG_1350) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Singer Natalie Cole, who stepped out from her father’s shadow to become a singer and star on her own talents, has died, it was reported Friday.

Cole, 65, had been suffering recently from hepatitis and other maladies. She died at a Los Angeles-area hospital of congestive heart failure.

Cole had been scheduled for a New Year’s Eve concert at Walt Disney Hall, which was cancelled.

Cole burst into super-stardom in 1991, appearing in a mashup videotape with her late father, the jazz great Nat King Cole, singing a duet of “Unforgettable.” The single sold more than 6 million copies.

Her powerful cover of “This Will Be,” Our Love” and “Pink Cadillac” were other cross-format hits.

Her death was widely reported, but no details about it were released by her family or publicist.

—City News Service

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