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Robert Yancy, son of Natalie Cole, dies at 39

Robert Yancy, son of Natalie Cole, dies at 39

The county coroner's office says the death was reported as due to natural causes but an autopsy is planned. Nevertheless, there may still be an autopsy to establish exactly why he died.

According to a report from TMZ, Yancy's body was found in his apartment earlier this week, after a concerned friend, who hadn't heard from him in some time, went to check on him.

It's thought he died of a suspected heart attack.

Robert Yancy, at mother Natalie Cole’s 60th birthday party in 2010
Robert Yancy, at mother Natalie Cole’s 60th birthday party in 2010

It's worth noting that Marvin Yancy also died of a heart attack at age 34, so it could be heart disease runs in the family. According to TMZ, the family was notified of his death by authorities on Tuesday. The publication also speculated that Robert's cause of death might have been hereditary, due to the similar circumstances behind his parents' deaths.

Robert Yancy - the only son of iconic singer Natalie Cole, and grandson of performer Nat King Cole - has died, his family confirms to PEOPLE. In one of the interviews by Cole's sisters, they shared about the last remaining days which they spent together with the legendary singer shortly before her death.

Following the sudden death of his mother, Robert Yancy had paid tribute with dignity.

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