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Nat King Cole's Widow Has Passed Away

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Nat King Cole's Widow Passed Away


Legendary jazz singer, Maria Cole, widow of Nat "King" Cole, passed away Tuesday after a short battle with cancer.

Her children, Natalie, Timolin and Casey Cole, released a statement, saying:

"Our mom was in a class all by herself. She epitomized, class, elegance, and truly defined what it is to be a real lady. We are so blessed and privileged to have inherited the legacy that she leaves behind along with our father. She died how she lived - with great strength, courage and dignity, surrounded by her loving family."

After her husband’s death in 1965, Maria created the Cole Cancer Foundation.

For the past 40+ years, she's been committed to raising money to find a cure for cancer — the disease that took her husband’s life in 1965 and eventually her own.

She was truly an inspiring woman.

She will be missed.

[Image via the Cole family]

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4 comments to “Nat King Cole's Widow Has Passed Away”

  1. 1

    Wow, what a beautiful woman.

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  3. 3

    Condolences to her family and friends.

  4. 4

    So sad . . .