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Natalie Cole's Family Elaborates On What Exactly Caused The Musical Icon's Untimely Passing — Details Here

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We still can't believe Natalie Cole is no longer with us.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that the music legend passed away as a result of heart failure back on New Year's Eve. The singer was 65-years-old at the time of her death. How sad.

It's said that Miz Cole's passing was brought on by idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, also know as IPAH. The This Will Be singer's family not only revealed the cause of death, but also elaborated that she had a successful kidney transplant back in 2009 and was shortly diagnosed with IPAH after the surgery.

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In a recent statement, they revealed:

"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."

Tissues, anyone??

The Unforgettable performer had a long history of health problems and even cancelled tour dates in late December, as well as a February concert, prior to her death.

Not to mention, Natalie had a life long battle with substance abuse and underwent her kidney transplant after she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C.

Nonetheless, Nat King Cole's daughter will greatly be missed in the industry. Our thoughts are with her loved ones during this trying time.

[Image via Rob Rich/WENN.]

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