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Frankie Lons, Mother of Keyshia Cole, Passes Away at 61



Frankie Lons, Keyshia Cole’s biological mother passed away, Sunday July 19, 2021. TMZ and other outlets reported today that the reality TV star reportedly died from an alleged drug overdose. The irony of it all is that yesterday (July 18) happened to be her 61st birthday as well.


Keyshia Cole’s sister Elite Noel announced the news their mother, Frankie, had died via her Instagram story.


She wrote: “Worse pain ever… to see my mum in a body bag on her birthday! My heart so f**kin broke”.



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.”


Adopted at a young age, Cole had a complicated relationship with her biological mother (Lons) and father, Virgil Hunter. Cole was raised by family friends, but she eventually reunited with her biological family as her career took off. Fans eagerly watched her unique relationship with her family on her various reality TV series, including Keyshia Cole: My New Life in 2019.


As TMZ also reports, Cole has been very open with her fans about her mother’s journey with addiction. She wrote in an Instagram post in 2018, “Every time my mom relapse, it breaks my heart more than it’s already been broken. I’m hoping, if any of u are dealing with a family member who’s battling with drug addiction, that you, yourself are learning how to cope with the struggle of it all. And all the pain it brings to see a loved one constantly relapsing.” Cole has not yet commented on her mother’s death.


Rapper, Jim Jones mother Mama Jones stopped by the Privilege Show page to show Frankie some love.

Our prayers go out to Keyshia Cole, her family and all fans of Frankie Lons.


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