America heard the sad news today that beloved singer/actress Della Reese has passed away at the age of 86. She is best known for her role in the hit series “Touched by An Angel.” Though Resse had a long career in the spotlight, she made her debut in the entertainment industry as a singer.
“Reared in the 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 hosted her own talk show called “Della;” it was the first talk show hosted by an African-American woman. She also acted in shows like, “The Mod Squad,” “Police Woman,” “The Rookies,” and “McCloud.” But she is most famous for her role in Touched By An Angel.
After her passing this weekend her co-star from Touched By An Angel, Roma Downey released a statement:
"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.
"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.