Legendary singer Natalie Cole passed away in Los Angeles on December 31, 2015 at the age of 65.
On Thursday, her family issued a statement confirming the cause of death as heart failure from idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH), according to ABC News.
Her son Robert Adam Yancy was by her side when she died.
Revealed: On Thursday, Natalie Cole’s family issued a statement confirming the cause of death as heart failure from idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH), according to ABC News
In 2009, Natalie had a kidney transplant from which she came out victorious before she was ultimately diagnosed with her condition from which she passed.
What is IPAH?
IPAH is a rare disease caused by extremely high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, the vessel that is the direct line that carries blood from the heart to the lungs.
‘This is a very serious and progressive disorder. [Cole] responded well to PAH-specific agents over many years, during which she performed many concerts world-wide, but eventually succumbed to intractable right heart failure, an outcome that unfortunately commonly occurs in this progressive disorder, despite modern therapies,’ said her family in a statement, according to ABC.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Natalie’s sister Casey, 54, revealed the singer’s last words before here passing where the legendary sister simply said; ‘I love you all’.
‘It’s heartbreaking, she’s fought a very long battle and she’s at peace now,’ said Casey.
‘She passed last night and we were not with her as we are back in Florida, but she was in hospital with her son Robert, he was by her side,’ she said.