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LOS ANGELES (BCSDFW.COM/AP) — The funeral for Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole will be held today in Los Angeles.
Cole died on New Year’s Eve at age 65 of pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure.
The service will be at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, where Cole was once a member. R&B star Chaka Khan is expected to sing at the funeral.
The singer’s longtime music director and conductor, Gail Deadrick, is reportedly coordinating the lineup for the service that will include a number of music industry stars.
Cole will be buried next to her parents, sister and brother at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.
She was known for such R&B hits as “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” ”Inseparable,” and “Our Love.” In 1991, she intertwined her musical legacy with that of her father Nat King Cole to make his “Unforgettable” a Grammy-winning hit through technological wizardry.
Cole was born in 1950 to Nat “King” Cole and his wife, Maria Ellington Cole, a onetime vocalist with Duke Ellington who was no relation to the great bandleader.
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