Keyshia Cole’s Mother Passed Away Due To Drug Overdose On Her Birthday
R&B vocalist Keyshia Cole’s mother, Frankie Lons, died on Sunday, her 61st birthday. Lons died of a drug overdose, according to her relatives, who spoke to TMZ on Monday. Cole was raised by family friends and only recently reconnected with her biological parents. Their reconnection was documented in the BET reality show Keyshia Cole: My New Life, which premiered in 2019.
Cole’s brother, Sam, informed TMZ that Lons overdosed at her Oakland, California home on her birthday on Sunday. Until recently, Lons battled drug addiction for decades and worked to stay clean. In March, Lons celebrated his 60th day of sobriety. According to Sam, she relapsed while celebrating her birthday. Every day, he checked in with Lons to see if he could assist his mother stay clean.
According to Sam, the family wishes that people remember Lons as a mother who loved her children and wanted them to be together despite their complicated past. Elite Noel, Cole’s sister, revealed Lons’ death on Instagram. “Worse pain ever… to see my mama in a body bag on her birthday! My heart so f— broke, “she stated in a story on Instagram. Cole has yet to make a public statement regarding her mother’s death, although she did write about Lons’ drug addiction in an August 2018 Instagram post, which included a video with Lons.
Cole noted at the time, “Every time my mom relapse, it breaks my heart more than it’s already been broken,” I’m hoping if any of you are dealing with a family member who’s battling with drug addiction, that you, yourself are learning how to cope with the struggle of it all.”
She added, “ And all the pain it brings to see a loved one constantly relapsing. See them go back to the streets Because that’s what they’re used to, or would rather be. I really miss you! And will always love u [Frank the Bank].” Cole was given up for adoption by her parents, Lons, and boxing trainer Virgil Hunter, when she was two years old, and she was fostered by family friends Leon and Yvonne Cole. Cole learned Hunter was her birth father after a paternity test in 2016. She also reunited with Lons, who appeared in a Keyshia Cole: My New Life episode as a guest star.
Cole’s most recent album, 11:11 Reset, was published in October 2017, and she is now working on her next album. She has done numerous reality shows, including Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is (2006–2008), Keyshia & Daniel: Family First (2012), Keyshia Cole: All In (2015), and Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (2017). Tobias Khale and Daniel Hiram Gibson Jr., two, are her sons.
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