Natalie Cole's Family Releases Her Official Cause of Death


Natalie Cole died from idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure — according to her family.

The family gave a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday saying that after Natalie received a kidney transplant in 2009, she was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare lung disease that causes shortness of breath, dizziness and sometimes chest pain. Because Cole’s case was idiopathic, the exact cause is unknown.

The statement read: “(Cole) responded well to pulmonary arterial hypertension-specific agents over many years, during which she performed many concerts world-wide, but eventually succumbed to intractable right heart failure, an outcome that unfortunately commonly occurs in this progressive disorder.”

RIP Natalie.

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