The 65-year-old most recently canceled her fall and winter tour dates, but Cole has battled drug addition, hepatitis and kidney failure in the past.
On Friday fans laid flowers and took pictures while visiting the multiple Grammy winners’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“I met her in Beverly Hills,” Greg Donovan said. “I worked there for 12 years as the city’s official greeter and one time she even sang a hymn to me.”
Cole’s star is located on Vine Street just steps away from the Capitol Records building. The spot reminds fans what she and her father the late Nat King Cole gave to the music industry.
“They call the Capitol Records Tower the house that dad built,” a tour operator said.
Right around the corner from her star, fans at a longtime Hollywood Bar called Frolic Room played Cole’s hits on the Juke Box.
“It’s a shame she died so young and she had such tremendous talent,” bartender Gita Bull said. “The only thing I can hope is that she is with her father.”
While Cole’s greatest success came in 1991 with her album “Unforgettable…With Love,” which paid tribute to her father with a digital duet, Cole also had a successful career on her own with other R&B hits.
“She transformed R&B music and really made it international,” Hip Hop Tours Operator, Hodari Sababu, said.
“Her dedication to family and her tribute to her father made her special because she didn’t forget what family was all about,” fan Lita Mendoza added.
“It is with heavy hearts that we bring to you all the news of our Mother and sister's passing. Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived..with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever.”
- Robert Yancy, Timolin Cole & Casey Cole