Special prayers are going out to R&B singer Keyshia Cole and her family after her biological mother, Frankie Lons, died Sunday from an apparent overdose, TMZ reported.
The singer’s brother, Sam, told TMZ that Frankie overdosed at her Oakland home while celebrating her 61st birthday. It appears that Frankie relapsed and apparently took drugs, another setback in her long, hard-fought journey to sobriety.
Frankie’s struggle with addiction was well documented on the reality shows following the family, including “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is,” which ran from 2006-2008 on BET. Frankie was a breakout star of the reality show, which led to the spinoff, “Frankie and Neffie,” alongside Keyshia’s sister Neffeteria Pugh. Other spinoffs followed, including 2019’s “Keyshia Cole My New Life.”
The entire family cheered Frankie through her ups and downs, and fans praised the family’s transparency on television.
Keyshia was raised by her adoptive parents after being given up by Frankie at an early age. Her biological father is named Virgil Hunter. She reconnected with her birth parents later in her adult life and also established a relationship with her siblings.
Sam says the family wants everyone to know that Frankie loved her kids and always wanted everyone to be together.
The death was first announced by Keyshia’s sister Elite Noel, who posted the news on Instagram.
Noel wrote, “worse pain ever…..to see my mama in a body bag on her birthday! My heart so f-ckin broke.”