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Natalie Cole dies at 65: Tony Bennett, Bonnie Rait and more pay respect

Natalie Cole died Thursday at the age of 65.
/ Source: TODAY

The first day of the New Year turned somber for many when news of Natalie Cole's death broke Friday.

The Grammy-award winning singer and daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, died Thursday night "due to complications from ongoing health issues," her family said in a statement. She was 65-years-old.

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Moved by the loss of a great talent, many celebrities paid their respects on social media.

Here's a look at some of the touching tributes.

Mariah Carey

Tony Bennett

India Arie

Tom Brokaw

Al Roker

Paula Abdul

Randy Jackson

Vanessa Williams

Bonnie Rait

Bette Midler

Bernadette Peters

Lenny Kravitz

MC Hammer

Patti LaBelle

Kenny G

Katie Couric

Chaka Khan


Tyra Banks

Jordin Sparks

Natalie Cole shared her last Instagram post 8 months ago, a photo of she and fellow singer-songwriter Carole King.