Breaking: Legendary Actress Della Reese Dies

Promotional portrait of American gospel singer and actress Della Reese, from the television show 'Touched by an Angel,' 2000. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

Breaking: Legendary Actress Della Reese Dies

Rest in peace.

Published November 20, 2017

Sad news to report. Actress and singer Della Reese passed away last night at her California home, according to Variety. She was 86 years old.

For more icons we lost, watch the touching video above.

Della was an entertainment legend. She got her break as a singer in the 1950s and 1960s, even earning a No. 2 pop hit with 1959's “Don’t You Know." However, after years of grinding, she became a household name when she starred in Touched by an Angel from 1994 to 2003.

Della also appeared in countless films like 1996's A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, 2005's Beauty Shop and, of course, her classic role as Vera in 1989's Harlem Nights.

Check out the hilarious clip below (warning, there is profanity).

Della Reese will be missed. Our condolences go out to her friends, family and fans.

Written by Renee Samuel

(Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

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