R&B singer Keyshia Cole’s mother died Sunday from a drug overdose while celebrating her 61st birthday, consistent with reports. Frankie Lons was partying at her Oakland home, where she apparently relapsed after a decades-long battle with addiction, relations confirmed, consistent with TMZ. Her death was first announced by Cole’s sister Elite Noel, who shared the news on Instagram, describing her passing as “the worst pain ever … to ascertain my mama during a personnel pouch on her birthday! My heart so f—- broke.” The singer-songwriter has yet to form a public statement regarding her mother’s passing.
Cole was adopted at a young age and raised by family friends, consistent with reports. Her relationship together with her biological parents was mostly dysfunctional until her burgeoning music career paved the way for the family to reconnect. The complicated private lives of the singer’s family were chronicled on various reality TV series, including “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” in 2006 and more recently in 2019′s “Keyshia Cole: My New Life” on BET, where the 2 shared many revelatory conversations, consistent with TMZ. Lons became a lover favorite on the shows, eventually resulting in a spin-off series alongside Cole’s sister Neffeteria Pugh called “Frankie & Neffe.” Last year, Cole said Lons had checked into rehab and would are there for 30 days this past February.
Lons seemed to have gained control over her demons after achieving 60 days of sobriety in March 2020, something her daughter was wanting to share together with her social media fans, reports said. Cole previously addressed her mother’s struggles with addiction, writing during a 2018 Instagram post, “Every time my mom relapse, it breaks my heart quite it’s already been broken. I’m hoping if any of u are handling a loved one who’s battling with the white plague, that you, yourself are learning the way to deal with the struggle of it all. and every one the pain it brings to ascertain a beloved constantly relapsing.”
Cole’s brother Sam also confirmed Lon’s death, saying he had been trying to assist her to stay sober by checking in together with her on a day to day, consistent with TMZ. He told the entertainment news website that the family “wants the planet to recollect Frankie as someone who loved her kids, and who wanted her children to be together … despite their turbulent history.”