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Actress & Singer, Della Reese, dead at 86

DELLA-REESEActress & Singer, Della Reese, dead at 86

By Aria Ellise,

Singer and long-time actress Della Reese thrilled audiences for decades in shows like Touched By an Angel and movies like Harlem Nights. The curtain closed on her long life Sunday evening when she died at the age of 86.

She leaves behind children James, Franklin, and Dominique, as well as husband Franklin Lett. She was predeceased by daughter Deloreese.

“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. 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,” her costar Roma Downey confirmed to PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.


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