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Maria Cole dies at 89; singer was widow of Nat King Cole
Maria Cole dies at 89; singer was widow of Nat King Cole

Maria Cole, the widow of music legend Nat King Cole and the mother of singer Natalie Cole whose own singing career included a stint as vocalist for Duke Ellington's orchestra in the mid-1940s, has died. She was 89. Cole died Tuesday at a hospice in Boca Raton, Fla., after a short battle with cancer, her family said. "Our mom was in a class all by herself," her three daughters said in a joint statement. "She epitomized class, elegance, and truly defined what it is to be a real lady." A Boston native, she was singing as the opening act for the Mills Brothers in New York's Club Zanzibar when she met singer-pianist Nat Cole. They were married in Harlem in...

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