KEYSHIA Cole’s sister Elite Noel said her “heart broke” to see their late mom Frankie in a “body bag”.
Frankie died on her 61st birthday on Sunday after overdosing on drugs at a party, following years of struggle with addiction.
Elite, who is a singer like Keyshia, broke the devastating news on her Instagram Stories.
She wrote: “Worse pain ever. To see my mama in a body bag on her birthday! My heart so f**kin broke.”
Frankie died at a bash at her Oakland home after reportedly relapsing on drugs, TMZ reported.
Keyshia’s brother Sam told the outlet he had been checking in on his mother repeatedly in an attempt to help her stay clean.
Her battle with addiction was documented on several television programs including the series Keyshia Cole My New Life.
Sam also shared that he “wants the world to remember Frankie as someone who loved her kids and who wanted her children to be together,” despite their difficult past.
Keyshia’s niece Zayya Henderson also paid tribute to Frankie.
She wrote on Facebook: “Damn grandma Frankie the call I just got on your birthday.
“I was just Finna come see you this week I just talked to you happy birthday beautiful and rest in heaven.”
Keyshia, 39, has yet to comment on her mother’s passing herself.
The BET star’s parents, Frankie and Virgil Hunter, gave her up for adoption at a very young age, and she was instead raised by family friends.
However, after she made it big in the music industry she reconnected with her mom, and they reconciled their relationship throughout the years.
Frankie guest-starred on Keyshia’s BET shows where they shared several emotional moments as they rehabilitated their mother-daughter dynamic.
The R&B singer maintained a close watch on her mom during her addiction battle, making sure that she went to rehab and encouraging her to keep on a good path.
She even shared photos of Frankie while at a facility as she cheered on her successes in sobriety.
In March 2020, the troubled addict reached a huge milestone of 60 days sober.
Keyshia was outwardly proud of her parent as she shared the exciting news on social media.
The singer has yet to comment on her mother’s passing, though her sister Elite Noel and other family members have posted heartbreaking messages in Frankie’s honor.
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