Frankie Lons, the mother of R&B singer Keyshia Cole, passed away on July 18 at the age of 61. As one of the stars of the BET reality shows Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is and Frankie & Neffe, Lons became a celebrity in her own right.
Last night, Keyshia Cole posted a public statement about Frankie Lons’s death. The “Heaven Sent” vocalist shared her thoughts about the tragedy on Instagram along with photos of the two women together.
This is so hard man. Can’t really even find the words. SMH. I honestly don’t even know how to feel. You can never prepare for something like this… Ever!!! but you will be missed. It’s crazy because… For weeks I’ve been quoting you, from the goose that laid the golden egg, to calling Neffe shoes slow burners, cause they were bought scuffed up already 😩 your humor was unmatched!!! Naturally so funny, that’s what I loved about your personality…. we all did. I created this post to show my love and appreciation for your life and I would like to thank my fans + supporters, shooot your supporters and fans, for being here with us during these hard times, and the love that you all have for us…..the love for all your children was definitely felt. When u said all you want is to have ALL OF YOUR CHILDREN IN ONE PLACE, AT ONE TIME meant the most to you, And I’m completely down to do that for you. Even through our differences …. WE LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!! Frank da bank!@keyshiacole Instagram
BET also released the following statement:
We were saddened to hear the news of our BET family Frankie Lons’ passing. Our viewers first got to meet and know her in “Keyshia Cole: All In” as Keyshia Cole’s birth mother and in multiple other unscripted projects, including ‘Keyshia Cole: My New Life’ and ‘Frankie & Neffe.’ Viewers also go to see first-hand Frankie’s trials and tribulations as she battled addiction and as she tried to mend her relationship with her daughters. Frankie was a resilient woman, mom, and friend with so much to offer and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Keyshia, Neffe, and the family during this difficult time.BET Spokesperson