Natalie Cole‘s family unveiled the condition that caused her untimely passing.
The 65-year-old singer’s kin revealed in a statement on Thursday to Entertainment Tonight that her cause of death was idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH).
“This is a very serious and progressive disorder in which the small blood vessels of the lungs are markedly narrowed or obstructed,” they said, adding that Cole had been diagnosed with IPAH five years ago after a successful kidney transplant.
“She responded well to PAH-specific agents over many years, during which she performed many concerts worldwide. [She] eventually succumbed to intractable right heart failure, an outcome that unfortunately commonly occurs in this progressive disorder, despite modern therapies.”
Cole passed away at Ceders-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. on Dec. 31, 2015. Her sisters disclosed that her last day was spent in their company. “We were very blessed and thankful to spend that very special day with her that she loved,” she said. “It was her favorite time of year.”
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