Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Natalie Cole: Dialysis in the day, concerts at night

Cole has been ill but is eager to get on the road behind her new collection of unforgettable songs.

Natalie Cole is sitting comfortably on the couch in her spacious 10th floor condo overlooking Westwood. She's relaxed, and at one point, before making a comment about one of the songs on her new album, she takes a deep breath. That's something she couldn't have done a month ago, when she wound up hospitalized in New York, struck down with fluid-filled lungs and rapidly deteriorating kidneys.

"I didn't realize how close I was to checking out," Cole, 58, said Thursday.

It was a dramatic downturn that Cole, her doctors and those around her didn't expected. She had been on the tail end of treatment for hepatitis C, which she learned she was suffering from last February. It was a consequence of her much-publicized drug use in the 1970s and '80s -- for years she was addicted to heroin before she successfully completed rehab in 1983.

Read the entire article by Randy Lewis at The Los Angeles Times.

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