Natalie Cole’s Son Found Dead at 39

“I cannot wait until that day that I see you again,” said Natalie Cole’s only child at her funeral fewer than two years ago. The day was not a long time coming: TMZ was the first to report the singer’s 39-year-old son, Robert Yancy, was found dead in his San Fernando Valley apartment Monday night in the course of a welfare check; a friend had become concerned after not hearing from Yancy for a few days. The cause of death is currently listed as natural causes, but an autopsy and toxicology tests are pending. TMZ points out a history of heart issues: Cole died from congestive heart failure, and Yancy’s own father was killed by a heart attack at age 34. Yancy’s aunt, Timolin Cole Augustus, tells the AP, “It appears to be a sudden heart attack.”