Della Reese, the music legend and star of Touched by an Angel, has died, a rep for Reese’s Touched by an Angel co-star Roma Downey confirmed to folks over at The Hollywood Reporter. She was 86. “On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love,” the statement reads. “She was an incredible Wife, Mother, Grandmother, friend, and Pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people. She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on Touched By An Angel. I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. We love you.” Reese was was born Delloreese Patricia Early on July 6, 1931, in Detroit. With a strong love for music and film, Reese’s career first blossomed during her gig as a singer alongside the legendary Mahalia Jackson’s. From there, she landed a record deal and released her first record in 1957; “And That Reminds Me.” With her resounding vocals compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Reese crossed over after the release of “Don’t You Know” and the EP titled, Della in 1960.
Variety adds Reese also made history as the first African-American woman to host a daytime talk show in 1969.
While her music was always appreciated by fans, Reese went on to try her hand at acting. Her first gig included The Mod Squad in 1968 and later found fanfare in Chico and the Man. A string of TV guest spots soon followed but fans know Della best due to her role as Tess on Touched by an Angel. After its cancellation in the 1994-95 season, fans demanded its return and it became a hit for CBS, lasting nine seasons.
To most of us, she’ll be remembered as our favorite auntie. She is survived by her husband Franklin Lett. Get the FULL story at www.itsKenBarbie.com, our condolences go out to Reese's family and love ones. #della #reese #dellareese #touchedbyanangel #rip #entertainment #entertainmentnews #media #gossip #gossipblog