##Celebrities are mourning Natalie Cole, who died on New Year’s Eve Thursday. The beloved music star’s passing at age 65 was announced on Friday. ##Over her decades-long career, Cole carried on the legacy of late father Nat “King” Cole and became a legend in her own right. She won nine Grammy Awards and received one Emmy nomination. Stars are now paying tribute to the singer on social media.
Jordin Sparks shared one of the longest tributes, posting a photo of herself with Cole on Instagram. She wrote:
I am so sad to hear about Natalie Cole's passing. I feel she has always been apart of my life in many ways. Before the craziness & now. Her father, Nat King Cole, is my favorite artist of all time. 'Smile' is a song I sing to myself whenever things get overwhelming. I sang 'This Will Be' on the American Idol tour w/ @mdoolittle, my favorite part of that show. A few years later, I had the honor of actually singing it with her on stage. I don't remember what I sounded like, I was too much in awe of her. But, I sure remember her standing next to me, voice so pure & clear as a bell. I will never ever forget that moment. She was always so kind & exuded so much grace. Rest in everlasting love. I'm sure the heavens are absolutely loving you and your dad rejoicing together. 'Unforgettable in every way....' That you are, Natalie, that you are.❤️
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
I am saddened by the news of the passing of my friend Natalie Cole. Lovely song bird (and great actress too) - she is now singing in heaven— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) January 1, 2016
Losing Natalie Cole is a sad start to a new year.— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 1, 2016
##“Taking a moment in the new year: RIP Ms. Natalie Cole,” posted Kristin Chenoweth. Chance The Rapper wrote, “So sad to hear about Natalie Cole.” Al Roker commented, “Thoughts and prayers to the family of the great Natalie Cole who passed this am at 65.” Montel Williams remarked, “Thoughts and prayers to the family of the great Natalie Cole who passed this am at 65.”
Great artist great person . R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/JFmUfQC9n9— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) January 1, 2016
R I P Natalie Cole one of the greatest sweetest most talented people I have ever met.thank u for all u gave us pic.twitter.com/COj27t3G59— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) January 1, 2016
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Natalie Cole, as I have cherished the long friendship I had with her, her father Nat, and the family over the years. Natalie was an exceptional jazz singer and it was an honor to have recorded and performed with her on several occasions. She was a lovely and generous person who will be greatly missed.
Referencing one of her song titles, Rosie O’Donnell said of Cole, “We will miss her like crazy.”
we will miss her like crazy https://t.co/GXROUGKGDL -— Rosie (@Rosie) January 1, 2016
And Cher seemed to sum it all up when she posted:
NATALIE COLE …..A VOICE FROM HEAVEN HAS BEEN CALLED HOME— Cher (@cher) January 1, 2016