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Rare Lung Disease Claimed Natalie Cole’s Life

Update Date: Jan 12, 2016 11:10 AM EST

Famous singer Natalie Cole succumbed to her rare lung disease that was diagnosed five years ago and caused a heart failure, said her family. In the official news regarding her death on December 31st, the family revealed that the Grammy-winning singer of pop, jazz and soul was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension after a kidney transplant operation in 2009. "She responded well to pulmonary arterial hypertension specific agents over many years, during which she performed many concerts worldwide, but eventually succumbed to intractable right heart failure, an outcome that unfortunately commonly occurs in this progressive disorder," her family said in a statement on Friday, reported Reuters.

Cole died at the age of 65 in Los Angeles hospital causing people from all the world to pay tribute to her contribution to the world of music. Cole had to go through a kidney transplant after she was diagnosed with hepatitis C following her tryst with heroin, crack and drug abuse. After her successful operation, she returned to the stage to perform in concerts all over the world, says Fox News.

According to The Daily Mail, subsequent to her death news, people from the world of music paid their tributes to the daughter of late legend, Nat King Cole and the legend herself. Some celebrities were even seen grieving the sad demise of this unforgettable singer. In her autobiography titled "Angel on My Shoulder", Cole discussed how she fought with her crack, heroin and alcohol addictions for several years. She had to spend six months in a rehab center in 1983 and said that her hepatitis C diagnosis in 2008 was a result of her intravenous drug use.

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