Natalie Cole’s Son Found Dead
Robert Yancy, son of the late singer Natalie Cole, was found dead on Monday night in his San Fernando Valley apartment by a friend who stopped by to do a wellness check on him.
He was 39.
Family members tell us … authorities contacted them at 2:30 AM Tuesday and said Robert died of a heart attack. Law enforcement tells us, pending an autopsy, they have listed it as death from natural causes, but that can change once the autopsy and toxicology tests are completed.
The family tells us authorities were clear to them, drugs were not involved. As you know, Natalie famously fought drug addiction throughout her adult life until her 2015 death. Her cause of death was congestive heart failure.
Family members say Robert — the grandson of Nat King Cole — had never abused drugs and was “turning his life around.” He worked in the music industry.
Robert’s dad died of a heart attack at age 34, so it could be heart disease runs in the family.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.