Keyshia Cole’s mother, Frankie Lons, has died, passing away on her birthday after a several-decades-long struggle with addiction.
The R&B singer’s brother, Sam, says that Frankie overdosed at her Oakland home Sunday the same day she was celebrating her birthday, when she apparently took drugs while partying relapsing on what was a long, hard-fought journey to sobriety.
Sam says he was checking in with Frankie daily, trying to help her stay clean a well-documented battle that Keyshia and family had captured and shared publicly in recent years via television, social media and other channels.
Sam also says the family wants the world to remember Frankie as someone who loved her kids, and who wanted her children to be together despite their turbulent history.
Keyshia was given up by Frankie and her biological father, Virgil Hunter, for adoption at a very young age she ended up being raised by family friends and reunited with her birth parents later in life as an adult after she’d hit it big on the music scene.
As of March of last year, Frankie hit a huge benchmark staying sober for 60 days, something her daughter was proud to share with her IG fans and followers. She has yet to comment on her mother’s death.
Frankie had just turned 61. our condolences to Frankie’s family and friends.