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A ‘Chain Reaction’: Top Doc Reveals Why Natalie Cole Suffered A Dark Path To Death

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Music legend Natalie Cole, who was the daughter of crooner Nat ‘King’ Cole, became a huge success, winning nine Grammies on her rise to the top.

But Natalie’s struggle with drug addiction threatened her career and life at every turn. And it all started when she entered the University of Masschusetts in 1972, which shattered everything she’d grown up around in Hancock Park. She was exposed to black power and flower power.

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EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Cole In Wheelchair After Kidney Failure Reports — Is She OK?

“Natalie had grown up in a very privileged, sort of white neighborhood, and then she goes to the university and realizes that African Americans, people that look like her, don’t have it easy,” Psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos said in a sneak peek clip. “All those things that she took for granted — who she was, what she had, what she believed in — she’s reassessing all of that. This leads her down a very dark path.”


In a new series by Reelz, host and Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Michael Hunter, discovers that her dark past caught up with her and set off an extraordinary chain reaction of medical conditions.

‘Profound Sadness’: ‘RHOBH’ Star David Foster Mourns Death Of Longtime Confidant Natalie Cole

Through all her health battles, Natalie bravely continued to perform all over the world and had an extensive tour lined up just before she died in 2015. But what did she die from? Dr. Hunter has the answer.

Watch the sneak peek of the series above.

Tune in to Autopsy: Natalie Cole on Saturday, May 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Reelz.



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