Band: solo artist
Died: Dec. 31, 2015
Cause of death: congestive heart failure
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.