Singer Natalie Cole was recuperating today after undergoing kidney transplant surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but her summer tour dates will be postponed while she recovers.
"The kidney came from a deceased organ donor through the regional organ procurement agency, One Legacy," according to a statement from the 59-year- old singer's publicists at Rogers & Cowan.
Cole was "resting comfortably," and she was expected to be recovering throughout the summer.
"Ms. Cole's physicians have advised her to postpone her summer tour dates as she recuperates for the next three to four months," according to the statement. "Further information about the re-scheduled dates will be available shortly."
Cole, who was diagnosed in February 2008 with hepatitis C -- a condition she attributed to her past battles with drug addiction, has been undergoing kidney dialysis three times a week since September. She told CNN's Larry King earlier this year that she was receiving aggressive chemotherapy to battle the hepatitis, but within four months, both of her kidneys failed.
The singer has been touring in support of her latest CD, "Still Unforgettable."
BILLION DOLLAR WINNER - THE NOVEL
7 years ago