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Just four months after losing her biological mother to an accidental drug overdose, R&B songstress Keyshia Cole is in mourning again following the death of her adoptive father Leon Cole.

On Tuesday Cole, 40, shared that her father died of Covid-19 complications on Instagram.

“Unfortunately my father didn’t make it through his complications, due to covid-19,” she wrote. “So here we are. He's the entire reason my last name is COLE. The only father I knew, he did such a great job here on earth!!!!!"

The singer added that even though he wasn't her biological father, Cole made sure to keep a stable foundation for her and the rest of the family during her childhood.


“[He] taught me and my siblings that knowledge is power!!" she said. He was very dedicated to learning and sharing his strong thoughts and opinions on the Bible and religion... He was the greatest example of love, 51 years of marriage to my mother Yvonne Cole. Seriously the most loving guy I’ve ever known. And he’s gonna be missed so much! I hate that this has happened!!! And that I’ve now lost two beautiful souls within a few months from each other.”

Dr. Yvonne Cole, Keyshia's adoptive mother, confirmed the news of her husband's death in a statement posted on her Facebook page.

"With a heart of sadness and sincere condolences, we solicit your prayers for Dr. Yvonne Cole and the Cole family in the passing of Mr. Leon Cole, Jr." it read, next to a golden-framed picture of the deceased.

"You are welcome to leave your prayers and any heart warming [sic] messages as they deal with the passing of Mr. Leon Cole Jr, due to COVID 19 complications. We appreciate the support for our family from around the world," the post added.

It was the second loss of a parental figure in less than a year for Keyshia, who was adopted by the Coles at the age of two after being given up by her biological parents but reconnected with them when she grew up and found success.


Her biological mother Frankie Lons passed away on July 13 at the age of 61 from an accidental drug overdose at a gathering for her birthday. 

At the time Cole wrote a moving tribute to her mother, who had long battled addiction, on Instagram. 

"This is so hard man. Can’t really even find the words,” she began. “I honestly don’t even know how to feel. You can never prepare for something like this… Ever!” Cole added that she had been quoting Lons for weeks because her “humor was unmatched.” “Naturally so funny, that’s what I loved about your personality,” Cole continued. “We all did.” In addition to thanking her and her mom’s “fans and supporters,” Cole also noted that it was Lons’s greatest wish to have “all of [her] children in one place.” Cole concluded her tribute by promising to fulfill that wish for Lons. “Even through our differences …. WE LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!” Cole wrote.

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