Whether you’re a fan or a hater of the late singer, you’re probably wondering who inherited Natalie Cole’s estate. Her will names two special friends, Tamara Engelstein and Benita Hill. During her life, they had provided support to the singer and now, their friendship will be a part of her estate. But how did the estate end up so evenly split?
Although she was hugely successful during her career, her fame only increased after she suffered a heart attack. In 1965, Natalie Cole died of cancer at the age of 45. Her cause of death was unclear, but the death seemed sudden. Interestingly, Cole’s second wife, Caroline Clarke, was born six weeks before her father died. The couple divorced in 2003, and her daughter, Caroline, survived Natalie’s death.
Cole was a multi-awarded singer. She won two Grammy Awards for her role in Livin’ For Love. She also won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series or Television Movie. In addition to the Grammys, she performed the national anthem with the Atlanta University Center Chorus at Super Bowl XXVIII. Natalie also appeared on the Tina Sinatra Show in the 1980s and on “The Real Housewives of New York City” in July 2011.
The music industry is a complex one. Natalie Cole’s estate is worth millions of dollars, and her legacy will live on in the form of her music. And if her estate doesn’t include her musical legacy, the family of her late father is likely to be the beneficiaries. The question now is who inherited Natalie’s estate? There’s no clear answer at this time, but there are plenty of possibilities.