15 Black Artists Who Died Too Young

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NAT KING COLE, 45:  In addition to being an accomplished jazz pianist with a smooth baritone, Cole made history as the first African American to host his own variety show, The Nat King Cole Show (1956). Still, it was his music, accented by a warm personality and melodic voice, which resonated most with fans. An avid smoker, Cole passed from lung cancer on February 15, 1965, just a month short of his 46th birthday.

NAT KING COLE, 45: In addition to being an accomplished jazz pianist with a…

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