Keyshia Cole‘s mother, Frankie Lons, has recently passed away from an overdose after a long-fought battle with addiction. Lons was 61. Lons was known after appearing on Cole’s various reality TV shows. Lons would later get her own spin-off series entitled, Frankie & Neffe, alongside Cole’s sister Neffeteria Pugh.
The death was first announced by Cole’s sister Elite Noel, who shared the news on Instagram. Elite Noel wrote that the passing of her mother is “the worst pain ever.” She wrote in the Instagram story, “worse pain ever…..to see my mama in a body bag on her birthday! My heart so f-ckin broke.”
Keyshia Cole’s brother, Sam, told TMZ that Frankie, overdose while celebrating her birthday. According to TMZ, “Frankie overdosed at her Oakland home Sunday … the same day she was celebrating her born day, when she apparently took drugs while partying — relapsing on what we’re told was a long, hard-fought journey to sobriety.”
The report added, “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.”