The son of the late singer Natalie Cole has passed away.
Robert Yancy was found dad inside his San Fernando Valley apartment on Monday by a friend who was concerned about the fact that he had not heard from the young man for a few days.
He was just 39, and his death comes 20 months after the loss of his mother in December of 2015.
Robert was also the grandson of legendary jazz singer Nat King Cole, and an accomplished drummer in his own right who worked in the music industry.
He is survived by his aunts, Cole’s twin sister Casey and Timolin.
Natalie’s former back-up singer Anita Anderson shared the sad news on Twitter Tuesday morning, writing: ‘WE HAVE LOST ANOTHER GREAT YOUNG SOUL TOO SOON!! ROBERT ADAM YANCY, NATALIE COLE’ S ONLY SURVIVING SON AND ACCOMPLISHED DRUMMER HAS DIED!! ‘
She later added: ‘REST IN PEACE As YOU JOURNEY HOME WITH MOM & DAD! AND KNOW YOU’RE ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS SON!! LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU ALREADY!!!’
Robert’s aunts Timolin and Casey have yet to comment on the loss of their nephew.
TMZ reports that Robert’s death was the result of a heart attack, which also caused the death of his father Marvin back in 1985 at the age of 34.
Natalie’s death was determined to be the result of congestive heart failure, with the singer having battled a drug addiction throughout her life.
Family members claim Robert was not using drugs at the time of his death and had never abused any illicit substances during his life.