, Singer Keyshia Cole’s mum dies tragically on her 61st birthday from suspected drug overdose, The Nzuchi Times News

Singer Keyshia Cole’s mum dies tragically on her 61st birthday from suspected drug overdose

The mother of American singer Keyshia Cole was tragically found dead over the weekend on what was her 61st birthday. 

According to TMZ, Frankie Lons passed away on her birthday from a suspected overdose. Her body was discovered inside her home in Oakland, California.

The outlet reports that Lons had battled addiction for several decades — and marked two months of sobriety back in March. Her brother, Sam, told the site Lons had relapsed when celebrating her birthday, claiming she took drugs while partying.

, Singer Keyshia Cole’s mum dies tragically on her 61st birthday from suspected drug overdose, The Nzuchi Times News
Keyshia Cole and her mother Frankie Lons. (Instagram)

Lons’ sister, Elite Noel, also confirmed the news in a heartbreaking Instagram post. 

“Worse [sic] pain ever…. to see my mama in a body bag on her birthday!” Noel wrote. “My heart so f—ing broke.” 

Cole — whose hits ‘Heaven Sent’ and ‘I Remember’ reached number one on the Billboard charts — has yet to make a public statement regarding her mother’s death. 

Cole was given up for adoption by Lons and her partner, Virgil Hunter, at a young age. The would-be singer was then raised by family and friends before reuniting with her birth parents as an adult after she made a mark in the music industry. 

, Singer Keyshia Cole’s mum dies tragically on her 61st birthday from suspected drug overdose, The Nzuchi Times News
Keyshia Cole’s mother dies on her birthday. (Instagram)

Cole, 39, had always embraced Lons despite her demons and has even been vocal about her biological mother’s struggles on social media. In 2018, after Lons relapsed, Cole shared an emotional throwback video on Instagram in which she and her mum discussed sobriety. Watch the video above. 

, Singer Keyshia Cole’s mum dies tragically on her 61st birthday from suspected drug overdose, The Nzuchi Times News

“This was 2 1/2 years ago. Every time my mom relapse, it breaks my heart more than it’s already been broken,” Cole captioned the video. “I’m hoping, if any of u are dealing with a family member who’s battling with drug addiction, that you, yourself are learning how to cope with the struggle of it all.

“And all the pain it brings to see a loved one constantly relapsing. See them go back to the streets Because that’s what they’re used to, or would rather be. I really miss you! And will always love u #FrankTheBank 👑❤️”

If you, or someone you know, would like to talk to someone confidentially about addiction, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit Reach Out. In an emergency, call 000.

, Singer Keyshia Cole’s mum dies tragically on her 61st birthday from suspected drug overdose, The Nzuchi Times News

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