Della Reese Dead At 86


@RomaDowney (Instagram)

Della Reese, the actress well known for playing Tess on TV’s Touched By an Angel, died last night.  She was 86.

The announcement was made by her former co-star and friend Roma Downey on Instagram.

“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 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. 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.”

She is survived by her husband Franklin Lett and children James, Franklin, and Dominique.  She was predeceased by daughter Deloreese.


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