Reaction to the passing of Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole, who died in Los Angeles on Thursday at age 65:
"Natalie was an exceptional jazz singer and it was an honor to have recorded and performed with her on several occasions. She was a lovely and generous person who will be greatly missed. Tony Bennett.
"We are very saddened to learn of the passing of one of music's most celebrated and iconic women ... Natalie followed her legendary father into the music business with magnificent hits like "Inseparable," ''This Will Be" and "Unforgettable," achieving multiplatinum, worldwide success in her own right. We've lost a wonderful, highly cherished artist." Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy.
"In college, I named my bass guitar Natalie! As a young stand up comic I opened for Natalie Cole. She was all that, in all ways! (RIP )." Arsenio Hall.
"#NatalieCole, sister beloved & of substance and sound. May her soul rest in peace. #Inseperable." Rev. Jesse Jackson.
"I am saddened by the news of the passing of my friend Natalie Cole. Lovely song bird (and great actress too) - she is now singing in heaven." Marlee Matlin.
"Peace be still, Natalie Cole, a gracious songbird." Pam Grier.