VERY sad news to report…
Frankie Lons, the biological mother to R&B singer, Keyshia Cole has passed away at the age of 61!
Lons passed away from an overdose after a long-fought battle with substance abuse addiction, her family has confirmed to TMZ. She was 61.
Frankie Lons, was known by many for being the mother of famed R&B songstress Keyshia Cole, after appearing on Cole’s various reality TV shows. Becoming a fan favorite, Frankie wound up earning her own spin-off series entitled, Frankie & Neffe, alongside Cole’s sister Neffeteria Pugh.
The death was first announced by Cole’s sister Elite Noel, who shared the news to her Instagram stories.
A more TRAGIC element to her passing is that Lons passed away on her birthday!
Keyshia Cole’s brother, Sam, told TMZ that Frankie, unfortunately, had an overdose while celebrating her birthday.
Per TMZ, “Frankie overdosed at her Oakland home Sunday … the same day she was celebrating her born day, when she apparently took drugs while partying — relapsing on what we’re told was a long, hard-fought journey to sobriety.”
The report continues, “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.”
Cole has yet to publicly comment on her mother’s passing.
This is so TRAGIC… our condolences go out to Cole and her family. Lons was a RAY OF LIGHT despite her demons and will be MISSED….