Maria Cole, mother of Natalie Cole and widow of the great Nat King Cole died on Tuesday at the age of 89. According to EurWeb, Cole was living in Boca Raton, Florida and died after a brief stint with breast cancer.

Maria Cole, the widow of singing legend Nat “King” Cole, the mother of Natalie Cole and in her own right a former Big Band singer, died Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla., after a brief battle with cancer, reports She was 89.

“Our mom was in a class all by herself. She epitomized class, elegance, and truly defined what it is to be a real lady,” said Natalie Cole and her siblings, Timolin and Casey Cole, in a statement.

“We are so blessed and privileged to have inherited the legacy that she leaves behind along with our father. She died how she lived – with great strength, courage and dignity, surrounded by her loving family,” the Coles further stated.

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