Its been reported that Keyshia Cole’s biological mother, Frankie Lons, died of an overdose Sunday after a decades-long battle with addiction.
The “Love” singer’s brother Sam confirmed the news Monday, telling TMZ that Lons relapsed on drugs at her Oakland, Calif., home while celebrating her 61st birthday.
Lons had been on a “long, hard-fought journey to sobriety” and memorably marked 60 days clean in March 2020, the site reported.
The death was first announced by Cole’s sister Elite Noel, who shared the news to her Instagram stories.
Lons, was known by many for appearing on Cole’s various reality TV shows. Becoming a fan favorite, she wound up earning her own spin-off series entitled, Frankie & Neffe, alongside Cole’s sister Neffeteria Pugh.
Cole has yet to make a public statement about her mom’s death. She has been open about discussing Lons’ struggles with sobriety in the past.
“Every time my mom relapse [sic], it breaks my heart more than it’s already been broken,” Cole wrote in an Instagram post in August 2018.
“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,” she continued at the time. “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 #FrankTheBank 👑❤️.”
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