In this May 12, 1960 file photo, singer and jazz pianist Nat ‘King’ Cole and his wife, Maria Hawkins Cole, arrive at London Airport, United Kingdom, Maria Hawkins Cole, mother of Natalie Cole, has died, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Brian Calvert,
Singer Natalie Cole, left, and her mother, Maria Cole, widow of the late singer Nat "King" Cole, show off the star presented to to her after being honored at Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Feb. 5, 1979.(AP Photo/George Brich)
(AURN) -- After a short battle with cancer, Maria Hawkins Cole, wife Nat "King" Cole and mother of Natalie Cole, died at age 89 in southern Florida.