Quincy Jones, Macy Gray and Bobby Brown attend Natalie Cole’s funeral

Cole passed away in December at the age of 65

The funeral of late Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole was held on Monday (January 11) in Los Angeles, with many music stars paying their tributes.

Cole passed away on December 31, with her family recently revealing the cause of death to be heart failure brought on by a rare lung disease. She was 65.

The likes of Quincy Jones, Macy Gray and Bobby Brown attended the service for the singer, daughter of Nat King Cole, with the latter two performing.


Other attendees included Diane Warren, David Foster, the Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Johnny Gill, Freda Payne and Keith Washington – according to Billboard.

Cole – whose hits include ‘Unforgettable’, ‘Our Love’ and ‘This Will Be’ – had battled drug problems in the past and spent six months in rehab in 1983, a topic which Cole had written frankly about in her 2000 memoir ‘Angel On My Shoulder’. She was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2008, and in May 2009 underwent a kidney transplant.

Cole was born in 1950 to Nat King Cole and his wife, Maria Ellington Cole. She made her recording debut in 1975 with ‘Inseparable’, earning her two Grammy awards. However, her greatest success came with 1991 album ‘Unforgettable… With Love’. The album paid tribute to her late father, and saw Cole rework some of his best-known songs, including ‘Too Young’, ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Unforgettable’. The album sold 14 million copies and won six Grammys, including album of the year.