Keyshia Cole is mourning the loss of her mother.
On Monday (July 19), the R&B singer's niece, Zayya Henderson, broke the news about Francine "Frankie" Lons on her account, writing, "Damn grandma Frankie the call I just got on your birthday. I was just Finna come see you this week I just talked to you happy birthday beautiful and rest in heaven." Over at TMZ, Cole's brother, Sam, revealed that she overdosed at her Oakland home on Sunday while celebrating her 61st birthday. She had apparently taken drugs, relapsing after a long fight for her sobriety. "Sam also says the family wants the world to remember Frankie as someone who loved her kids, and who wanted her children to be together ... despite their turbulent history," the celebrity gossip outlet reported.
As of March 2020, Frankie had reportedly hit her 60-day sober benchmark, something that Cole spoke about on her Instagram. "Every time my mom relapse, it breaks my heart more than it’s already been broken," she wrote on the social media platform. "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."
Cole's sister, Elite Noel, also shared a few words about the loss. "Worse pain ever …. To see my mama in a body bag on her birthday! My heart so f&^kin BROKE," she wrote in her own message.