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Natalie Cole, American singer, songwriter, dies at 65

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Natalie Cole, the American singer who overcame battles with substance abuse and the long shadow of her famous father to earn worldwide success of her own, has died. She was 65.

Publicist Maureen O'Connor told The Associated Press Cole died Thursday night.

The daughter of Nat King Cole built a chart-topping career with hits such as "This Will Be", "Inseparable" and "Our Love." She fought health problems for years and received a kidney transplant in 2009.

Cole recently had to cancel planned tour stops, including one in Louisville, due to illness, according to WDRB.

Cole won nine Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year in 1992 for "Unforgettable ... With Love," a virtual duet made with the recordings of her late father. She was nominated for 12 other Grammys.

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