The mother of R&B singer Keyshia Cole died of a drug overdose on Sunday while celebrating her 61st birthday, according to reports.
Frankie Lons was sharing a party at his home in Oakland, where he apparently returned after a decades-long battle with alcoholism, family members have confirmed, according to TMZ.
The singer-songwriter has not yet commented publicly on the death of his mother.
Cole was taken as a teenager and raised by family friends, according to reports.
His relationship with his biological parents was not good until his burning musical career paved the way for family reunion.
The singer’s troubled family life has been told in various television series, including “Keyshia Cole: The Way Is” in 2006 and most recently in 2019 “Keyshia Cole: My New Life” the two shared many open conversations according to TM on BET.
Last year, Cole said Lons registered for drug rehabilitation and would be present for 30 days last February.
Lons appeared to take control of his demons after reaching 60 days of no worries in March 2020, something his daughter was eager to share with her fans on social media, according to reports.
Cole previously addressed issues of his mother’s addiction, writing in an Instagram post of 2018: “Every time my mother comes back it breaks my heart more than ever. I hope that if any of you are dealing with a family member who is struggling with drug addiction that you learn how to deal with these struggles yourself. And all the pain comes from seeing a loved one repeat it all the time. “
Cole Sam’s brother also confirmed Lons’ death, saying he tried to help him stay in touch by contacting him daily, according to TMZ. He told the Entertainment Entertainment website that the family “wants the world to remember Frankie as someone who loved their children and wanted their children to be together… despite their traumatic history.”