Frankie Lons or Francine “Frankie” Lons, the biological mom of platinum-selling R&B superstar Keyshia Cole, has died at age 61.
Lons, who became a breakout star on her daughter’s 2006 BET show “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is,” died at a residence on 81st Ave. in Oakland, Calif., with the formal cause still pending examination, the Alameda County Medical Examiner told the Daily News.
Her death was reported to the ME’s office at 3 a.m. Monday, a spokesman said.
Cole’s siblings confirmed the tragedy in separate Instagram posts.
“Wors(t) pain ever ….. to see my mama in a body bag on her birthday!” Cole’s sister Elite Noel wrote on her Instagram Stories.
“Just found out my mom dead,” Lons’ son Sam, a musician known as Sammy Ghostt, wrote in another post.
Sam reportedly told TMZ.com the matriarch died from an overdose after relapsing amid her very public battle with addiction.
Known for her self-deprecating honesty and megawatt smile, Lons regularly appeared on Cole’s follow-up shows and the Grammy nominees Instagram feed with more than 6.7 million followers.
Early last year, the Grammy nominated singer praised her mother for deciding to check herself into rehab.
”Maybe that’s what’l make THIS Time different,” Cole wrote in a now-deleted post. “This being what YOU WANTED AND NO ONE ELSE….”
Cole, who was adopted by family friends Leon and Yvonne Cole, has not yet commented on her mother’s passing.
Lons gained more popularity from the 2009 BET reality show “Frankei & Neffe,” which chronicled the lives of her and eldest daughter Neffeteria Pugh.
Lons appeared in Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is back in 2006 on BET and also was part of the spin-off series Frankie & Neffe (featuring Cole’s older sister).
In Keyshia Cole: My New Life, a TV special that aired in 2019, the R&B singer shared her concern and worries with her mother.
“Okay, so I wanted to bring you outside to talk to you for a second about when you hurt somebody’s feelings, when I’m sitting there and I’m telling you that I’m going to come looking for you, and you’re not going to be there?” Cole said. “That’s a real situation because some things happen … out there in the streets, and it scares a child.”
During the heartbreaking conversation, Lons told Cole that if something happened to her, to keep going.
“If I die today, you’ve got to move on and you’ve got to make it,” Lons said. “You’ve got to live for Keyshia. You have to live for you and your family… You have to move on if anything [happens] to me.”
“At the end of the day, you’ll see me later, up there,” Lons said, pointing to the sky.