In the vibrant world of R&B, Keyshia Myeshia Cole has carved a distinctive path with her soulful voice and authentic storytelling.
Beyond the spotlight, her personal journey is woven with a tapestry of diverse influences, family dynamics, and the profound impact of loss.
Her parents, Francine “Frankie” Lons and Virgil Hunter, played pivotal roles in shaping her early years. Keyshia’s mother, Frankie Lons, faced personal challenges, battling addiction to alcohol and crack cocaine.
Despite the difficulties, Keyshia’s life took a significant turn at the age of two when she was adopted by family friends Leon and Yvonne Cole. This pivotal moment not only altered the trajectory of her life but also marked the beginning of her identity as Keyshia Cole, adopting the last name of her adoptive parents.
Raised alongside four siblings, including brothers Sean and Sam, younger sister Elite Noel, and older sister Neffeteria Pugh, Keyshia’s upbringing was a tapestry of familial connections.
Tragically, the journey of Keyshia Cole took a somber turn with the passing of her mother, Frankie Lons, on July 18, 2021. The cause of her death was revealed to be a drug overdose, marking a profound moment of loss for the singer.