Della Reese Dead at 86
11/20/2017 10:13 AM PST
Beloved singer and actress Della Reese, best known for starring in “Touched By an Angel,” died Sunday night … according to her family.
Della had battled diabetes for years. Her family says she passed away in her California home.
She co-starred with Roma Downey on ‘Angel’ … playing Tess. She had big movie roles too, like “Harlem Nights” and “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” — and was the first black woman to guest host “The Tonight Show.”
Della was also an accomplished gospel singer — Mahalia Jackson discovered her. She went on to become an ordained minister in the 1980s.
Della was 86.