NEW YORK - (AP) Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole has been diagnosed with hepatitis C, her publicist said in a statement Wednesday.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease spread through contact with infected blood. The statement said the disease was revealed during a routine examination and was likely caused by her drug use years ago.
"I've been so fortunate to have learned so much from my past experiences," said Cole. "I am embraced by the love and support of my family and friends; I am committed to my belief in myself and in my abiding faith to meet this challenge with a heartfelt optimism and determination. This is how I intend to deal with this current challenge in my life."
Her physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dr. Graham Woolf, said Cole has had a "terrific response to her medication and is now virus negative."
"This gives her an increased chance of cure," he said. Woolf said Cole is recovering from side effects of the medicine she's taking, including fatigue, muscle aches and dehydration.
Cole, 58, the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, has sold millions of records over her long career. She is due to release "Still Unforgettable," the follow-up to 1991's Grammy-winning, multi-platinum CD "Unforgettable ... With Love," on which she remade some of her father's classics, in September.
That's really sad. I wish her the best. If I'm not mistaken that is something that you cant get rid of. The 4 H's. HIV, Herpes, HPV and Hepatitis. Stays with you forever. I just wish her the best in coping with this situation!
I'm praying for you Nat!!!
WISHING YOU WELL AND I'M PRAYING FOR U!!
***! This is so unfortunate...She beat her drug addiction long ago, but this is one of the remnants of it that has come and affected her years later.
Praying that she is alright.
That's too bad. But it's good that she came out with it so people can be aware of the disease.
Keep up the good work Annie Mae
Ain't that a ***!!!
*** what kind of drugs did she do? Thats sad...
WoW sorry to hear dat...
I hope she'll be alright.
Okay- why are we all up in her personal health business.. Thats where i think the line stops.
i understand they are stars- but dayuummm
Ms. Cole will be fine....
But yes- I've heard about her heavy addiction years ago...Everything has a consequence..
Keep your head up
we love ya
May she continue to be BLESSED.
God bless Ms Cole
aint thats some type of std
***! If it ain't one thing , it's another!!!
guess now she cant open her big mouth about amy winehouse...cause she is just as diseased as Amy. Thats what you get when you slwm someone for doing the same thing you done...only i dont see amy winehouse whoring herself out to viaduct bums for her drugs. what goes around comes around. now she has something in common with pam anderson.
Dang Thats Jacked-Up........
hope u get through this girl
Get well Natlie. I'm praying for you.
Yeah it's because of her intravenious (or however it's spelled) drug use from many years ago that she contracted this disease.
Just a word to anyone who is now or has abused drugs....WHEN YOU ABUSE ILLEGAL STREET DRUGS EITHER NOW OR IN THE PAST WILL MOST CERTAINLY CATCH UP TO YOU WHEN YOU GET OLDER.
My father is a prime example....he's been smokin' for over 50 years and now he has emphysema and lord knows what else.
Folks your body is your temple. Take care of it and it will take care of you.
SAD..I LIKE HER MUSIC. WISH HER THA BEST
No disrespect, but HPV is curable with time. The younger you get it, the more likely it will go away with age.
I didn't know she used to do drugs. ***, it happens to the best of us. Good luck, Nat Nat.
As for Natalie Cole, I sincerely felt sorry for her at first. Then as I continued to read, it all sounded like a PUBLICITY STUN to me. If she’s having "terrific response to her medication and is now virus negative", she's obviously had it for a minute.
Why did she coincidently decide to bring all this to light when she has an album coming out in September?
Answer: PUBLICITY STUN
I hope she keeps God by her side and I hope she really prays to Him because this is serious. I know she is staying strong.
keep ha in my prayers
i will keep u in my prayer
DAS WUT HAPPENZ WHEN U A NASTY HOE. I BET U HER FATHA ROLLIN OVA IN HIZ GRAVE RIGHT NOW. NOW HIZ DEAD AZZ REALLY GOT A REAZON 2 SING DA BLUEZ
It never pays to do drugs...it will always come back to get you.
I wish her well....
Sorry, is all that you can say
ok lets get da records str8, when dey say 'drug use', dey aint talkin bout weed!! so dont get it twisted!!
wait.. unless she smoke wit sumone who had dat sh*t..
Is weed a drug?!!!! LMAO!!!
No this stems from her cocaine and heroin addiction many years ago.
The point is that she's clean and sober for the last 15-20 years. Cut the woman some slack.....SHE STILL LOOKS GOOD. And they said it's in a negative state. I'm sure with the papah she's got she'll get the best care possible.
wow, i pray she makes a full recovery
I pray she's ok, and can make a full recovery.
unforgetable in every way
This is some b.s. They have yet to find a cure for hepatitis c. Google it if you think I'm lying.
Damm that's messed up...
I hope she gets well soon.
God bless you Natalie Cole.
I'm thrilled to see mostly positive posts about Natalie Cole. She is from the era previous to most of you, but I'm glad you appreciate her music and realize that in a few years, this will be you and/or your peers...
Ied, did you check the hot videos with bikini at free interracial dating site named 'Mix edCupid. ***' where blacks and whites can find true love easily . Really hot. They are real users' own videos
Natalie, will be my prayers.
That's very unfortunate, but she can be cured. I'm gone need Natalie to start singing something other than "Unforgettable".
she is better than what I have thought!! love the outfit :) she still plays on free interracial dating site ~~~mixedmate.com ? I heard this many times from my friends playing on that site.
THE TRUTH: GOD BLESS U NATALIE & KEEP THE FAITH.
She was a heroin addict years ago. sharing needles
Good luck to her and my best wishes
No disrespect was taken. I don't mind discussing this topic. After reading ur comment I looked it up and found this quote. "There is no known cure for HPV. However, eventually the immune system does repress it by reducing it to a low level. At the point of natural suppression, it would be unlikely for a person to transmit the virus. Researchers don't know whether it is actually ever fully eliminated from the body, but at any rate it quits being contagious after a while."
So..as you can see. There is no evidence supporting whether or not it is ever eliminated. I just don't want to be giving out the wrong information.
Yall know yall are not gone pray for her.
I thought this was something MTO exagerrated for a minute.
Man, I LOVE Natalie Cole. She's so classic. So legendary. I'm definitely praying for her healing. She will be okay. God will take care of her.
That was so disrespectful of you to post that.
Natalie was exactly right when she said the Grammy's *** praise Amy Wienhouse with multiple grammy's when she wasn't setting any kind of example. It happens all the time, stars miss out on awards for their behavior.
Natalie was the perfect person to say that because she's been where Amy is.
She was totally right. And I respected her for that.
i never knew that it went past hepatitis B never heard of hepatitis C...
WELL SHE WAS A DRUG ADDICT AND A PROSTITUTE SO IT'S NOT IMPOSSIBLE.
I WISH HER THE BEST, THOUGH...
God's speed to her
Inormallydontdothis-u sound crazy and learn how to spell... It's STUNT not stun.
@*** u r an *** u *** ker!!!!
i wish her well
My dad died of complications of Hepatitus C and the affects of severe alcoholism. She likely contracted it that way, but being a *** doesn't get you Hepatitus C, so I think that it very hurtful to say about her. Hepatitus C is not an STD. It is not in semen, it's in blood. If you are having really hardcore rough *** with someone who has it, like ***, maybe, but there is little evidence that shows somoene has contracted it this way. Although many people contract it through drug use, let's not be judgemental my brothers and sisters, there are lot of nurses and doctors who have contracted it from needle *** and others from blood transfustions. Never wish ill will among others and say "well what did you expect, she's a drug user, it makes you feel good to post that, but I wonder how many skeletons you have in your closet.
MizGator explained the question of whether it's curable in her post.
I'm sure it's from her days of doing crack. Thank GOD she has the financial means to stay on top of this disease!
MY MOTHER CONTACTED HEP C SHE WAS A NURSE AND WAS SCRATCHED BY A NEEDLE. GOOD LUCK NATALIE YOU HAVE BEEN CLEAN OVER 20 YRS ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE YOU NOT THESE IGNORANT FOOLS WHO NEED TO BE EDUCATED.AT LEAST MOST PEOPLE ON HERE HAVE GOOD THINGS TO SAY . WE ALWAYS HAVE THE IGNORANTS PEOPLE WHO NEED TO GET A LIFE
have faith in tha ALLMIGHTY
My dad contracted it through drug use, but at the end of the day it doesn't matter how, it's about having faith and strength to keep fighting.
It happens, no big deal! she will be fine with proper diet and exercise! pray to JEHOVAH GOD 4 strength!
She probably got it from her earlier years of abusing drugs. She is in my prayers.
don't really know who she is, but she'll still be in my prayers
Natalie did drugs over 30 yrs ago and just now tested for Hep C. This is how many people who are HIV+ find out they have the disease. It doesn't lay dormant. They were never tested.