Natalie Cole's Sister Passes Away

May 22, 2009 By:
Natalie Cole's Sister Passes Away

Natalie Cole has already had a tough week after undergoing a kidney transplant, and just received bad news on top of it. Sadly, her older sister Cookie died while Natalie was undergoing surgery for the kidney.

Cookie’s doctors had found cancer in one of her lungs last week. Younger sister Timolin tells The New York Post, "Our sister Cookie hadn't been to a doctor in 30 years, and last week she went in and they found a cancerous spot on her lung. They had wanted to start chemo right away, but Cookie said no.

"Natalie was there with her at her bedside at 4 in the morning on Monday, and she got a phone call from her doctors that a kidney was ready for her. She said: 'What do you mean? I can't deal with that right now! I'm here with my dying sister!' And they said to her: 'No, ma'am. We've got to do it now. You've got to be at Cedars-Sinai in two hours.'"

Timolin was the one who helped Natalie make her decision to leave Cookie and undergo surgery. She told Natalie the donated kidney was “God’s gift,” and that “Cookie would want this for you.”

Timolin tells the paper, “This is all so surreal, and it is devastating.”

It must be so hard for Natalie and Timolin right now. On one hand they should be happy that the kidney transplant was a success, but they lost a sister in the meantime. Out thoughts are with their family at this time.