Natalie Cole had a kidney transplant a couple of days ago. How wonderful that she was given a second chance at life. Unfortunately, within hours of her surgery, her sister’s life slipped away.
Just last week, Natalie Cole’s sister Cookie learned that she had lung cancer. She made the decision to decline treatment and her condition deteriorated very quickly. Natalie was at her sister’s side when she received the early morning call that a matching kidney had been found for her. Though she hesitated to leave — she had to be at Cedars-Sinai within two hours — her younger sister Timolin urged her to go. Like the makings of a Lifetime movie, within hours of Natalie’s surgery, her sister Cookie passed away.
I always find these circle of life stories fascinating. One life extinguished as another is saved. Thoughts and prayers sent out to the entire Cole family!
Singer Natalie Cole has been one sick puppy. After being diagnosed with Hepatitis C which was likely caused by her years of drug abuse, Cole underwent chemotherapy which caused kidney damage severe enough to warrant a transplant. Since then, she had been receiving dialysis three times a week while she waited for a donor match.
Natalie’s summer tour which was scheduled to begin June 5th has been postponed for the best possible reason. Though many people offered up a kidney after Cole appeared on Larry King Live, she actually found one through One Legacy which is an organ-procurement agency. She had her transplant and is now recovering.
Congratulations to Natalie! I can’t say it enough — Be an organ donor!
Natalie Cole — outspoken critic of Amy Winehouse — arrives at a fundraiser for the Women’s Cancer Research Fund wearing animals that I certainly hope were, before their deaths, used to test some manner of cancer treatment.
I know, I know, it’s great that Natalie Cole is showing up to support breast cancer research.
But, really, what else does Natalie Cole have to do these days?
She could have skipped that coat.
â€œI’m going on record as an artist who is able to critique [Amy Winehouse]. I think she has a great talent, but I don’t agree with the Grammys giving her those nods. I think it sends the wrong message, that even in the midst of her stupor of drugs she can get nominated for all these awards. It’s a slap in the face to musicians and artists who work very hard that they turn around and give it to someone who really obviously doesn’t have a grasp of what she has. I’ve been in this business over 25 years and I sacrificed five years of my own life on drugs and almost lost my life because of it. So I take great offence to almost see someone getting glory out of being in the position that they’re in â€“ she needs to get her life together and embrace her craft, she will lose it if she doesn’t get it together.â€
- Natalie Cole, at the Grammy Awards