According to Earl Jordan, Executive Director of Operations at the church, services will be at 11am (Pacific) in the Cathedral building at 3600 Crenshaw Blvd. Officiating will be Pastor Melvin Wade of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Ms. Cole was a former member of West Angeles, but when her son Robert joined Mt. Moriah, she started attending that church to support her son, Jordan told EUR’s Lee Bailey.
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As of this posting, the complete program for the services has not been set, but Jordan did confirm that singer Chaka Khan will be present to perform. The family is still working on the program and should make an announcement tomorrow, we’re told. We’ve also been informed that Cole’s casket will not be open at any time during the ceremony. Additionally, no viewing of her body is scheduled.
Interment will be at Forest Lawn.
As we reported, Natalie Cole died on December 31, 2015. Her family said the general cause of death was idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure.
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In a statement to the Associated Press on Thursday (01-07-16), the family said that after Cole received a kidney transplant in 2009, she was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare lung disease that causes shortness of breath, dizziness and sometimes chest pain.
Because Cole’s case was idiopathic, the exact cause is unknown.
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 Cole was 65.