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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Natalie Cole Diagnosed with Hepatitis C

Natalie Cole, daughter of music legend Nat King Cole, has been diagnosed with hepatitis C, according to the Telegraph.

Cole believes she contracted it in the 1970s when she was on heroin and crack cocaine. She said in a statement:

"I have been so fortunate to have learned so much from my past experiences. I am embraced by the love and support of my family and friends. I am committed to my belief in myself and in my abiding faith to meet this challenge with a heartfelt optimism and determination. This is how I intend to deal with this current challenge in my life."

Cole was diagnosed during a routine medical examination.