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Natalie Cole's family say cause of death was heart failure

CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED: Natalie Cole

Singer died with son by her side and told twin sisters ‘she loved them’

THE FAMILY of legendary singer Natalie Cole has issued a statement confirming her cause of her death as heart failure from idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH).

The daughter of jazz legend Nat "King" Cole passed away in Los Angeles on December 31, aged 65.

Her son Robert Adam Yancy was by her side when she died, according to ABC News.

In 2009, Cole had a kidney transplant and was later diagnosed with IPAH, the condition from which she passed.

The incurable condition is caused by extremely high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, the vessel that is the direct line from the heart to lungs and responsible for carrying blood from one to the other according to PatientsLikeMe.com.

Although the progressive disease can't be cured, “treatments are available that can help lessen symptoms and improve your quality of life,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

In an exclusive interview with the Mail Online, Coles's sister Casey, 54, revealed the singer's last words to her and twin sister Timolin, 54, were simply, “I love you all.”

The women had spent time with Cole over the Christmas period.

“It’s heartbreaking, she’s fought a very long battle and she’s at peace now,” said Casey.

“She passed last night and we were not with her as we are back in Florida, but she was in hospital with her son Robert, he was by her side,” she said.

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