SINGER, 'TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL' ACTRESS DELLA REESE DEAD AT 86
Nov 20, 2017
By Bob Komsic
”Heaven has a brand new angel this day”.
Actress Roma Downey talking about the passing of her ”Touched by an Angel,” co-star Della Reese who was 86.
No cause of death given.
(Roma Downey, John Dye, Deall Reese / CBS)
In her statement, Downey, who portrayed Monica, Reese’s onscreen helped on ”Angel,” says the award-winning actress and singer ”touched and inspired the lives of millions.”
Reese was 13 when she sang with famed gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.
Her career took off in 1957 with ”And That Reminds Me.” followed by her signature song ”Don’t You Know?” in 1959 which reached number 2 on the charts.
She transitioned into acting in the late 1960s, beginning with her talk show ”Della,” and guest starred on several hit TV shows, ”Sanford and Son,” ”The Love Boat,” ”Night Court,” and ”Designing Women” before her big role as Tess on ”Touched by an Angel,” which ran between 1994 and 2003.