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‘Touched By An Angel Star’ & Music Legend Della Reese Dies At 86

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In sad news, singer Della Reese, who later starred as heaven-sent Tess on TV series Touched By an Angel, died Sunday evening at the age of 86.

A family representative released this statement Monday:

“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.” 

“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.”

Della Reese was mainly known as a singer, however she starred on “Chico and the Man,” “The Royal Family,” and “Charlie and Company.” She also hosted on her talk show, “Della.”

She later appeared on numerous shows including "L.A. Law,” ”Night Court,” “Designing Women” and later landed her role on “Touched By An Angel.”

No cause of death or additional details were provided.

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