A host of music legends gathered together on Monday in Los Angeles to pay their final respects to Natalie Cole. Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight,Smokey Robinson and more celebrated the singer who passed away on New Year’s Eve from heart failure. Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Smokey Robinson all spoke at the funeral, with Robinson sharing: “I feel so blessed to have called you my friend, and my buddy, and many times my confidante. “You are so real and down to earth. Now I have to say you’re so real and up to heaven.” 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.” Natalie had to have the kidney transplant after battling hepatitis and drug problems earlier in her life. RIP Natalie… Source : Mirror.co.uk Share this:EmailFacebookTumblrLinkedInPrintGoogleTwitterPinterest Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.