Natalie Cole on bed rest after Hepatitis C bout

Thu Oct 2, 2008 7:12pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Natalie Cole is resting in bed at her Los Angeles home after being hospitalized in New York last month because of a setback in her battle with Hepatitis C, her spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The Grammy-award winning singer, 58, canceled her October tour dates and all other appearances after spending about a week in the hospital in September.

But spokeswoman Maureen O'Connor said Cole was considering resuming some of her schedule in November.

"She is back at home and she seems to be doing pretty well," Cole's spokeswoman Maureen O'Connor said.

"The Hepatitis C is pretty much under control. She did need to do some kidney dialysis but that's not related to the Hep.C," she said. Cole is expected to spend most of October on bed rest, O'Connor said.

Cole, whose release was reported on the website of celebrity TV show "Entertainment Tonight," is the daughter of legendary singer Nat King Cole. In July, she said she had been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and said she probably contracted the liver disease from drug use more than 30 years ago.

Her doctors said at the time she was responding well to treatment but was suffering side effects including fatigue, muscle aches and dehydration.

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne infectious disease that can cause inflammation of the liver, and in extreme cases, liver cancer. It is usually contracted through transfusions of unscreened blood, or by injecting or inhaling drugs.

Cole has won eight Grammys in a 30-year career that has included albums such as "Everlasting" and "Unforgettable ... With Love," which featured her singing a duet with her late father via electronic technology.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Eric Walsh)

 
<p>Singer Natalie Cole poses at the Ebony magazine pre-Oscar party in Hollywood, California in this February 21, 2008 file photo. Cole is on bed rest at her Los Angeles home after being hospitalized in New York last month because of a setback in her battle with Hepatitis C, her spokeswoman said October 2, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files</p>