Chaka Khan to sing at funeral of Natalie Cole

Singer passed away on December 31 with a funeral scheduled for Monday (January 11)

The funeral of late Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole will be held on Monday (January 11) in Los Angeles, with Chaka Khan is expected to sing at the service.

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.

A service for the singer – the daughter of Nat King Cole – will be held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. She will then be buried next to her parents, sister and brother at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.


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.