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Remembered: Natalie Cole

Remembered: Natalie Cole

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Remembered: Natalie Cole

Mourners have remembered Natalie Cole as a loyal friend, "the best and bossiest big sister" and a worthy successor to the singer-songwriter's famous father's legacy at a joyous, music-filled funeral in Los Angeles.

The three-hour service was filled with affection for the daughter of crooner Nat King Cole who carved out her own Grammy Award-winning legacy during a 40-year career.

Known for effortlessly crossing R&B, pop and jazz genres with such hits as This Will Be (An Everlasting Love), Inseparable, and Our Love, Cole (65) died on New Year's Eve of pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure. Casey Cole-Hooker described her sister as "a warrior in the best sense of the word".

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