The music world was rocked with unexpected news of the death of Grammy winning soul songstress Natalie Cole.
Kicking the year off on quite the sour note, some of the late singer’s best friends and admirers took to social media to tribute and share their fondest memories of her.
Read below from the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton, Cher, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, India Arie, and many more:
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.❤️
As the new year was ushered in, an angelic instrument moved on. Natalie Cole’s voice was perfection. And what a lady… You will be missed my dear. Love. A photo posted by Lenny Kravitz (@lennykravitz) on