Della Reese Dies; Touched By an Angel Star Was 86

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Singer, songwriter, and Touched By An Angel star Della Reese has passed away at 86.

As she is mourned by her friends and family, she's also remembered by fans for her many contributions.

And her former costar broke the news.

Della Reese, Award

Actress Roma Downey, who spent years as Della's costar, took to Instagram to share the following difficult message:

"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."

Della's life was full and she played many roles in many lives.

"She was an incredible Wife, Mother, Grandmother, friend, and Pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer."

When a celebrity passes, their loss is felt by their loved ones as well as by countless fans. Roma was sure to acknowledge that.

"Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people."

That's a powerful contribution to the world.

The tribute message continues:

Della Reese, Instagram Photo

"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."

And it is from Touched By An Angel that most people recognize both actresses.

"I know heaven has a brand new angel this day."

That's not really standard Christian theology but it's a common expression.

"Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. We love you."

That thoughtful message was followed by nine emojis of a dove in flight.

Very tasteful.

Della Reese in Glasses

When people mention Della Reese's role as an award-winning singer and song-writer, it's important that we remember that this was a woman of many talents.

She didn't sing from just one or two musical genres.

She was a nightclub singer. She was a jazz singer. She was a gospel singer. And she was also a pop singer.

And, again, she was also an actress and a pastor on top of all of that.

Oh, and a talk show host.

She had her own talk show series that had nearly 200 episodes.

Della Reese with Fun Hair

Della Reese is survived by her children: Deloreese, James, Franklin, and Dominique, and also by her husband, Franklin Lett.

She's a music legend and star of television and film.

She was also a pillar of her religious community. Many consider serving as a pastor to be life's highest calling.

Everyone whose life she touched will miss her.

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