The new year got off to an inauspicious start after it was announced that Natalie Cole had died at the age of 65. The daughter of jazz great Nat King Cole passed due to congestive heart failure after years of battling health issues.
Celebrities and prominent friends of Cole used social media to send their condolences.
Check out their reactions below.
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
Peace be still, Natalie Cole, a gracious songbird.
— Pam Grier Ph.D (@PamGrier) January 1, 2016
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) January 1, 2016
So sad to hear about Natalie Cole. #Unforgettable
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 1, 2016
Thoughts and prayers to the family of the great Natalie Cole who passed this am at 65
— Al Roker (@alroker) January 1, 2016
No one is ever ready for the heaviness to your heart when you lose someone you love. The angels have my sister Natalie Cole now…
— Star Jones (@StarJonesEsq) January 1, 2016
Rest in peace to the #Unforgettable Natalie Cole. Her musical legacy, both trailblazing & pioneering, will keep her spirit alive forever.
— Possibly Kym Whitley (@JackeeHarry) January 1, 2016
R.I.P Natalie Cole 👼🏽
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) January 1, 2016
R.I.P to Natalie Cole….she is UNFORGETTABLE l!!
— jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant) January 1, 2016
Losing Natalie Cole is a sad start to a new year.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 1, 2016
#RIP Natalie Cole – world lost a great talent today.
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) January 1, 2016
RIP Natalie Cole….may your family find peace knowing you are resting among the angels.
— IG: @TamiRoman (@TamiRoman) January 1, 2016
natalie cole ??? 😔 we lost a special voice today
— Andy Tongren (@andytongren) January 1, 2016