Last night's Larry King Live featured an emotional hour with Natalie Cole, the Grammy Award-winning jazz, pop and R&B legend. In July 2008 the singer was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and believes she contracted the liver disease from drug use more than 25 years ago. Unfortunately the condition has lead to renal kidney failure. Natalie says she is "on a long list" seeking a kidney transplant because unfortunately neither her son nor sister were matches.
Larry King surprised Cole and announced "dozens" of viewers were calling and emailing on the spot ... to offer to be tested as organ donors. Natalie was almost tearful. From the transcript:
KING: You can go out and sing?
KING: You can tour?
KING: All right. But let's say you're touring, you're opening in Detroit. There's a center there where they can hook you up?
COLE: Yes. All the facilities are the same. ... I have a wonderful team of people at my facility here in Los Angeles that I tell them where I'm going and they make phone calls and make appointments. And it's really quite amazing. I have been on dialysis in Istanbul, Milan, Indonesia, Manila, London. It's amazing. It's really fascinating.
KING: And we're amazed ourselves. I'm going give this to you. We'll check with it later. We have to ask the question. These are all e-mails from dozens—dozens of people offering to be tested to see if they can match who want to give you a kidney.
COLE: That's amazing. That is really amazing.
KING: What do you make of that?
COLE: I don't know. I always felt that it was just so—so strange, you know, to solicit to strangers, you know, for a kidney. But people—people are really great. There are some great human beings out there. That's all I can say.
AFTER THE JUMP watch Natalie explain how kidney failure and dialysis has changed her life.
The veteran entertainer adds many of her fans are contacting her via her website NatalieCole.com to send their best and also offer to be tested. Their should be more information soon at the website.
Only two months ago, Natalie Cole won two Grammy Awards and an NAACP Image Award for her album Still Unforgettable.
Producer, author and pastor Kevin E. Taylor is a longtime friend to Natalie Cole and write the discography of her autobiography "Angel On My Shoulder." RevKev watched last night's show and adds, "I talked to Natalie just last week and she's doing really well. Her work is her life and her life is really busy right now!"