Moses Robinson/Getty ImagesNatalie Cole‘s death was caused by a progressive disorder of the blood vessels in her lungs which led to heart failure, according to a statement from the singer’s family.
“Following a successful kidney transplant, Natalie Cole was diagnosed about five years ago as having a condition called Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (IPAH),” the family revealed in a statement. “This is a very serious and progressive disorder in which the small blood vessels of the lungs are markedly narrowed or obstructed. She responded well to PAH-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, despite modern therapies.”
The “This Will Be” hitmaker, daughter of the late jazz legend Nat “King” Cole, died December 31 at age 65.
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