Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Robert Yancy, only child of Natalie Cole, dies at 39

Robert Yancy, only child of Natalie Cole, dies at 39

TMZ reports Yancy was found by a friend in his San Fernando Valley, California, apartment.

The grandson of legendary singer Nat King Cole and son of musician Natalie Cole has passed away aged 39.

Robert's father Martin Yancy - a singer in 70s R'n'B group The Independents - died aged 34 from a heart attack. Anxious about not having heard from him for several days, friends of the grandson of the legendary Nat King Cole, went to his home.

The Rev. Marvin J. Yancy, who produced three Grammy-winning records for his former wife, Natalie Cole, died here last Friday.

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"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", TMZ reports.

Family members say that Yancy, who worked in the music industry, had never abused drugs and was "turning his life around".

Natalie Cole was 65 when she died of heart failure in 2015. The publication also speculated that Robert's cause of death might have been hereditary, due to the similar circumstances behind his parents' deaths. "Natalie has conducted a fierce and courageous battle, dying how she lived... with dignity, strength and honor".

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