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Della Reese, ‘Touched by an Angel’ star and singer, dies at 86

| November 21, 2017

Della Reese

(CNN) Della Reese, who rose to fame as a jazz singer and later found television stardom on the drama “Touched by an Angel,” has died. 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 surrounded by love. She was an incredible Wife, Mother, Grandmother, friend, and Pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer,” actress Roma Downey, Reese’s co-star on “Touched by an Angel,” said in a statement on Facebook.

“Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” Downey’s statement continued. “She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years.”

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