Robert Yancy, son of Natalie Cole, dies at 39

Natalie Cole’s sisters share their grief after the sudden death of nephew Robert Yancy

Natalie Cole’s sisters share their grief after the sudden death of nephew Robert Yancy

The son of the late singer Natalie Cole has passed away.

A friend discovered Robert's body on Monday night in his San Fernando Valley apartment after going to check up on him when he hadn't heard from him in a few days.

The Rev. Marvin J. Yancy, who produced three Grammy-winning records for his former wife, Natalie Cole, died here last Friday. His death has been listed as natural, pending an official autopsy and toxicology report.

It was made clear to the family that drugs, which Robert never used, were not involved in his death.

His father, pastor and gospel musician Marvin Yancy, died of a heart attack at the age of 34. What was Natalie Cole's son's cause of death?

Natalie Cole's former backup singer Anita Anderson shared the sad news on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, writing: "WE HAVE LOST ANOTHER GREAT YOUNG SOUL TOO SOON!" Natalie Cole's son was 39 years old.

She added, "REST IN PEACE As YOU JOURNEY HOME WITH MOM & DAD!"

Heart disease runs in Yancy's family. He reportedly worked in the music industry. He died of lung cancer in 1965.

"She deserves more than that because she has done so much", he said at the time.

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