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Della Reese Dead at 86

Della ReeseDead at 86

11/20/2017 10:13 AM PST

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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.

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