The world is grieving with the passing of an amazing woman. Della Reese, known for her role as Tess in "Touched by an Angel" and for her singing career, died last Sunday evening in her home at the age of 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 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, co-star in the hit series, told People 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," Downey continued. "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.”
Reese's singing career began at her church as a gospel singer. Her career took off in 1957 with her hit song, "And That Reminds Me." Two years later in 1959, she had another big hit, "Don't You Know?" which became her signature song. She sold more than a million copies making it reach no. 2 on the charts. After winning a Grammy Award in 1960 for her album, "Della," and received several other nominations, she transitioned into the acting industry in 1969.
While Reese was most known for her TV performance as the role as Tess in "Touched by an Angel" from 1994 to 2003, she appeared in hit films such as "Harlem Nights," and guest-starred in multiple hit TV shows such as "Sanford and Son," "The Love Boat," "Designing Woman," and "Night Court."
In the 1980s, Reese became an ordained minister through the "Christian New Thought" which lead to her to be the founder of "Understanding Principles for Better Living," also known as "UP Church."
In a 2011 interview with Lifestyle Magazine TV, Reese shares her faith in God and shares how she would not be able to do what she did without him. Check out the interview below.
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