Singer Natalie Cole experienced both joy and pain this week when she learned her oldest sister died of cancer just hours after Natalie underwent a life-saving kidney transplant operation.

Early Monday morning, Cole had been comforting her older sister, Carol, when she got a call from doctors saying that a kidney from a 22-year-old patient had become available. Doctors told her she would have to rush to the hospital immediately.

"Natalie was there with her at her bedside ... and she got a phone call from her doctors that a kidney was ready for her. She said, 'What do you mean? I can't deal with that right now! I'm here with my dying sister!' And they said to her, 'No, ma'am. We've got to do it now. You've got to be at Cedars-Sinai in two hours,'" Natalie's younger sister, Timolin Cole said.
Cole had been battling hepatitis C from a past drug addiction and needed kidney dialysis three times a week and underwent the surgery. When Cole successfully came out of her kidney transplant surgery, she found out her older sister had passed away.
"This is all so surreal, and it is devastating," Cole's younger sister said.
Meanwhile, Cole's transplant was a success, and she's expected to go home over the weekend. Her family says "she's doing well, and she's going to party like a rock star in no time."


  • spongebobfan

    RIP very sad, i hate cancer i questioned my faith after my mom died from cancer it raveges the body very sad

  • Charles

    A couple of things,

    HOW SAD for natalie my cole

    how old is she

  • Charles

    WOW i wrote my condolensces but somehow it said my cole... oh anyways

  • kwallace577

    wow. this is sad. take care cole family...


    damn, damn, damn!!!

  • Kat

    very sad....and right at the holidays. be strong cole family! :-(

  • Anna

    That is terrible. It sure is a reminder of how precious life is. Natalie gets a second lease on life and to not have a sibling to share it with is tragic.

  • attorneymom

    I am deeply sadden by Natalie's passing. Damn.

  • attorneymom

    Oh, I missed read the post. Natalie's sister dies. I thought Natalie had died.

  • attorneymom

    I am now on my desktop computer. I hate my blackberry. Sorry for the mistakes. I misread the post. I thought Natilie and her sister died.

    Siderbar: I am so ready for the three day weekend.

  • Anna

    attorneymom Says:
    Siderbar: I am so ready for the three day weekend.
    Me too. Don't feel bad, the captain made me think her sister died being her donor.

  • Anna

    caption* 3:00 can't get here fast enough.

  • anti-PC


    I believe Natalie is in her late 50s. Around 58 or something. She sure does look awesome, though!

    My condolences to her and her family.

  • pointhimout

    timolin has a twin. i had to re-read the title a couple times. 'the sister of natalie cole dies of cancer.' maybe that's too simple.

  • candycane

    What a terrible loss, I feel for her family

  • Shauny

    Wow so sad. My condolences to Natalie and her family

  • QueenSJ

    God Bless