Family Releases Statement After Death of 'Touched by An Angel' Star

November 21, 2017Nov 21, 2017

The world lost an amazing individual with the passing of Della Reese. Reese is most well known for her role on the hit series, “Touched by An Angel.” Reese was 86 years old at the time of her passing.

"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," Roma Downey told People Monday, on behalf of her family.

"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,” concluded Downey.

Reese had a long and successful acting career. She originally began in the entertainment industry as a singer.

“Reared in gospel, Reese became a seductive, big-voiced secular music star with her No. 1 R&B and No. 2 pop hit ‘Don’t You Know’ in 1959. The 45, her first single on RCA Records, was a ballad drawn from an aria from Puccini’s opera ‘La Boheme,’” according to Variety.

In 1969 she began her own talk show as the host. Entitled “Della,” it was the first talk show hosted by an African American woman. She later acted in other shows, including “The Mod Squad,” “Police Woman,” “The Rookies” and “McCloud.”

"We were privileged to have Della as part of the CBS family when she delivered encouragement and optimism to millions of viewers as Tess on "Touched by an Angel," CBS said in a statement to CNN. "We will forever cherish her warm embraces and generosity of spirit. She will be greatly missed. Another angel has gotten her wings."

Please join us in praying for her family during this difficult time. We ask for God’s peace in their lives. If you remember Della and were a fan of her work as “Tess” on “Touched by An Angel,” please share this article! Make sure you also read our other breaking news article about the famous entertainer who was just placed on life support.

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