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Drug abuse link to death of Natalie Cole investigated on Autopsy: The Last Hours Of…

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Natalie Cole in a promotional picture for Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… on REELZChannel

Tonight’s Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… on REELZChannel looks into the death of singer Natalie Cole — and whether it was related to her past drug abuse.

Natalie, the daughter of Nat King Cole, died at the age of 65 in December 2015 from heart failure brought on by rare lung disease pulmonary arterial hypertension, the cause of which was unknown.

But tonight Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… looks at whether her death was linked to her history of heavy drug addiction.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter, who hosts the show, says: “Just prior to her death, Natalie was still performing in huge concert venues around the globe.

“So what’s happened in her body that she’s gone from an extensive tour to passing away in just a few months?

“Looking into Natalie’d history I can find one possible root cause for her decline in health — and that’s a history of drug abuse.”

Natalie also battled Hepatitis C. in the past and had a kidney transplant in 2009.

The show looks at how years of taking drugs may have taken their toll on the singer’s body, and at the severe weight-loss she exhibited.

Dr. Hunter says: “Natalie has displayed some symptoms of long-term cocaine use, such as significant weight-loss.”

Last week’s Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… looked at the death of Prince.

Autopsy: The Last Hours Of…Natalie Cole airs tonight at 9/8c on REELZChannel.

Julian is the editor of Monsters & Critics. He has worked as a journalist for more than ten years, previously as an editor at the world's biggest-selling English language newspaper, The Sun. He has also contributed to a string of other publications including The Telegraph.

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