Iconic singer and actress Della Reese passed away in her California home at age 86 according to Variety.
In 1969 Della Reese became the first African-American woman to host a talk show when she launched “Della”.
Her family said in a statement:
“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,” Reese’s family said in a statement. “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.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. May they have the fortitude to bear the loss.
Rest in peace, Angel