Robert Yancy, died on Monday night, August 15, after he suffered a heart attack, according to TMZ. The son of Grammy-winner, Natalie Cole, 65, and the grandson of the late iconic, Nat King Cole, was only 39-years-old. Yancy’s body was reportedly found inside his San Fernando Valley apartment by a friend who decided to check up on him after not hearing from him.
Family members told the site that authorities contacted them at 2:30 AM on Tuesday, August 15 and informed them that Yancy had died of a heart attack. An autopsy report is currently pending, according to authorities who informed the site. They have listed Yancy’s death as a result from natural causes. However, details involving his death can change pending on the results from autopsy and toxicology tests are completed. Drugs did not play a factor in his death, according to the family. His loved ones also informed the site that Yancy never abused drugs and was “turning his life around.” Yancy was a music industry employee.
Yancy’s father also died of a heart attack at age 34. And, as you may know, Natalie battled drug addiction throughout most of her adult life, leading up to her death in 2015. She died of congestive heart failure. Heart issues typically run on the male’s side in a family. Therefore, Yancy’s family could have had a long history of heart issues.
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