Natalie Cole Dies: Celebrities Including Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle Remember the Legendary Singer

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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 WeeklyTMZ 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."

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."

"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.

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