Natalie Cole Dies; Legendary Singer Was 65

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The world of music has lost a legend.

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Natalie Cole, the winner of nine Grammy awards and the singer behind such hits as “This Will Be” and “Inseparable,” has died, the Associated Press confirmed.

She was 65 years old.

Via a statement to NBC News, the artist's sisters and son said the following of Cole's passing:

“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.

"Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain unforgettable in our hearts forever.”

Natalie was the daughter of Nat King Cole and Maria Hawkins Cole.

She made her singing debut at the age of 6, recording a Christmas song with her famous father.

In 1991, Cole released the album "Unforgettable… with Love," in which she paid tribute to her father’s most beloved hits. It went on to win six Grammys, including Album of the Year.

She also guest-starred on such shows as Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and underwent kidney transplant surgery in 2009.

"#NatalieCole, sister beloved & of substance and sound," Tweeted Rev. Jesse Jackson. "May her soul rest in peace. #Inseperable."

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