It’s a sad day. Actress Della Reese has passed away yesterday inside her California home at age 86 according to Variety. Reese was an accomplish jazz, pop, gospel singer in the 1950’s and 60’s and went on to become an even more accomplished actress on shows like Touched By Angel. In 1969 Della Reese became the first African-American woman to host a talk show when she launched Della.
“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,” Reese’s family said in a statement. “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.”