Natalie Cole’s identical twin sisters, Timolin and Casey Cole, have spoken out to share with the world what their big sis’ told them before she peacefully passed away.
Here is what they revealed to MailOnline:
Casey Cole said she and twin sister Timolin, 54, had flown out to Los Angeles to be with their seriously ill sibling over the festive period.
The family, including Cole’s son Robert Yancy, enjoyed several days together during which Cole thanked them for their support, saying, “I love you all.”
And Casey 54, who is now back home in Boca Raton, Florida, revealed her sister had son Robert by her side when she died in hospital on New Year’s Eve.
“It’s heartbreaking, she’s fought a very long battle and she’s at peace now. She passed last night and we were not with her as we are back in Florida, but she was in hospital with her son Robert, he was by her side.”
Casey, who plans to fly back to LA in the coming days, added: “My twin sister Timolin and I were with Natalie at Christmas time as a family. She told us that she loved us all.”
“We’re all heartbroken, I’ll miss my sister very much. We’re suffering but she’s not. She’s in heaven now and she’s ringing in the new year in ways we don’t know.”
Timolin and Casey are the youngest children of Nat King Cole and their mother, Maria Cole.
Although we may never understand why some people have to leave this earth so soon, there is nothing more beautiful than having the pure, genuine love of their loved ones right by their side, helping them to make their transition.
Natalie Cole offered all of us a candid piece of her life, let us into her soul, and in many ways, helped to heal pain through her music. That was the greatest gift she could have ever offered to the world and now her family has given her one of the greatest gifts anyone could ask for.
The last gift Natalie has left us with is an oftentimes much needed reminder of just how precious and short life really is. Let’s kiss and hug those we love a little tighter today, let’s be sure we tell them those three loving words, and if we are on bad terms with any of our loved ones, let’s do our part to bridge that gap with them and reconnect. Life is too unpredictable to let another day go by without trying.
Thank you for the reminder and for all that you have given us Ms. Cole. Rest well Queen.