Keyshia Cole’s mother, Frankie Lons, has passed away after reportedly overdosing on drugs on her 61st birthday.
According to the famous singer’s brother, Sam, Frankie overdosed inside her Oakland, California home this past Sunday, while celebrating her birthday. The family says Frankie apparently took some sort of drugs while partying for her birthday, relapsing after a long journey of sobriety.
During the past few months, the family says they would check on Frankie day-to-day in hopes she could stay clean indefinitely, but it is a very uphill battle. As you know, Keyshia has documented her mother’s struggles with drugs and addiction and featured her mother on several different projects she was working on.
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According to the R&B star, she was given up by Frankie and her biological father for adoption, at a very young age. During that time period, she was raised by other family members and friends. Later in life, the singer was reunited with both of her birth parents — after she skyrocketed into the top of the music business.
The ‘Heaven Sent’ singer chronicled her life with Frankie on a series, ‘Keshia Cole: My New Life,’ where the mother and daughter duo frequently were heard having heart-to-heart talks about her mother’s addictions. In one clip, Keyshia can be heard questioning her mother about the possibility of death — if she keeps going down the same path — and is worried about what life will be like without her mom. In the video, Frankie advises her daughter to “live for your family” and not worry about what happens with her well-being.
Keyshia Cole’s Mother Struggled With Addiction For Years
In several instances, Keyshia would update her fans on her mother’s rehabilitation process and encourage her to stay on the sober path. The singer posted several videos before Frankie entered rehab, pumping her up to stay sober. “This was 2 1/2 years ago. 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. See them go back to the streets Because that’s what they’re used to, or would rather be. I really miss you! And will always love u,” she wrote on IG.
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Unfortunately, even though Frankie had just hit a milestone of sobriety last March — 60 days sober — she relapsed on her birthday this weekend. At this point, Keyshia has yet to comment on her mother’s death, and it’s unclear exactly what she might have taken to cause her death.