Joy of Cannabis
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Pop and Rock Star Deaths in 2015

Natalie Cole

Band: solo artist
Position: vocalist
Died: Dec. 31, 2015
Cause of death: congestive heart failure
Age: 65
Distinction: Voted Best New Artist at 1976 Grammys and won Album of the Year and Record of the Year for Unforgettable… with Love in 1992.
Note: Cole canceled shows in 2015 due to HepC. She'd previously abused cocaine and heroin (she was arrested for heroin possession in Toronto in 1975), and used LSD. After two rehab stints the '80s, Cole remained sober for the rest of her life. She had a kidney transplant in 2009.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.