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"She is going to live on and on and on," Smokey Robinson said of his dear friend, Natalie Cole

By Char Adams
Updated January 04, 2016 10:45 AM
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Smokey Robinson says it was clear Natalie Cole wasn’t doing well in the months leading up to her death.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Robinson spoke of his last meeting with Cole ahead of a concert several months ago in Arizona.

“When I saw her that day she didn’t look good to me,” the 75-year-old soul singer recalled. “She lost a lot of weight and stuff, and I could tell because I had known her for so long and [we were] so close.”

Cole, a nine-time Grammy-award winner and daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, died on Dec. 31 at the age of 65 due to complications from ongoing health issues.

Robinson said that the night of the concert was the last time he “had a chance to have a good talk with [Cole].” He said he’ll miss his conversations with his close friend.

“Just being able to say, ‘Hey, Nat, how are you doing, baby?’ Sit down and talk like that. That is what I am going to miss,” he said. “Because we spent a lot of time together.”

He said his friendship with Cole was “instant” when the two first met in the 70s and described her as “down to earth” and “one of our greatest musical icons.”

“I hope even people that don’t or didn t get a chance to know her personally will understand that her legacy is that she was a wonderful lady,” Robinson said.

“She is going to live on and on and on. She made great music and people who knew her loved her.”