Nat received a kidney transplant. She had been testing family members for a match, but received the kidney from a deceased donor. Natalie will recuperate for the next three to four months before going back out on tour.
On the day Natalie Cole recieved her donor kidney, her sister Carol “Cookie” Cole died from cancer of the lung. Natalie’s sister Timolin said, “Our sister Cookie hadn’t been to a doctor in 30 years, and last week she went in and they found a cancerous spot on her lung. They had wanted to start chemo right away, but Cookie said no.”