Singer Natalie Cole has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. The Grammy Award winning star and the daughter of Nat King Cole, is likely to have caught the virus through past drug use, her publicist confirmed in a statement today.
Cole said in the statement announcing her diagnosis,
“I’ve 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.”
Hepatitis C is a virus spread through contact with infected blood which can cause fatal liver problems and can remain undetected for years.