Celebrities mourned Natalie Cole on social media on Friday, January 1, after news broke of the award-winning singer’s death at the age of 65.
The “Unforgettable” songstress, whose father was the famed Nat King Cole, died on Thursday, December 31, of congestive heart failure.
“Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived . . . with dignity, strength and honor,” her family said in a statement to Us Weekly. TMZ was the first to report the news.
Here are some celebrities' touching remembrances of the legendary R&B star on Twitter and Instagram:
"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Natalie Cole, as I have cherished the long friendship I had with her, her father Nat, and the family over the years," Tony Bennett captioned of photograph of himself with the "Inseparable" singer. "Natalie was an exceptional jazz singer and it was an honor to have recorded and performed with her on several occasions. She was a lovely and generous person who will be greatly missed."
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Natalie Cole, as I have cherished the long friendship I had with her, her father Nat, and the family over the years. Natalie was an exceptional jazz singer and it was an honor to have recorded and performed with her on several occasions. She was a lovely and generous person who will be greatly missed.
Sending prayers and condolences to all the loved ones of my friend #NatalieCole! She will be truly missed but her light will shine forever!
— Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti) January 1, 2016
R I P Natalie Cole one of the greatest sweetest most talented people I have ever met.thank u for all u gave us pic.twitter.com/COj27t3G59
— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) January 1, 2016
RIP @NatalieCole . I will never forget your kindness. ?
— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) January 1, 2016
we will miss her like crazy https://t.co/GXROUGKGDL –
— ROSIE (@Rosie) January 1, 2016
Lenny Kravitz wrote on Instagram alongside a black-and-white photo of the star, "As the new year was ushered in, an angelic instrument moved on. Natalie Cole's voice was perfection. And what a lady… You will be missed, my dear. Love."
In college, I named my bass guitar Natalie! As a young stand up comic I opened for Natalie Cole. She was all that, in all ways!
[ RIP ]
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) January 1, 2016
— Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox) January 1, 2016
"R.I.P sweet ANGEL, your Love, kindness and Friendship will live in my heart forever….. #NatalieCole you are #Unforgettable," wrote Yolanda Foster, whose ex-husband David Foster worked with the singer on the album Unforgettable . . . With Love.
RIP Natalie Cole … Hope you're in Heaven singing with your Daddy … ❤️ https://t.co/iFByNIzebI
— Heather Dubrow (@HeatherDubrow) January 1, 2016
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) January 1, 2016
#RipNatalieCole I REALLY loved her. She was ALWAYS so kind and fun and encouraging. I cant believe shes gone. ???
— India.Arie (@indiaarie) January 1, 2016
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