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‘Touched By an Angel’ star, music legend Della Reese dies at 86

LOS ANGELES – A music legend and actress that starred in a hit television show has passed away at her home.

According to PEOPLE, Della Reese died Sunday evening at her home in California. She was 86-years-old.

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 19: Actress Della Reese attends ‘The Bible Experience’ Opening Night Gala at The Bible Experience on March 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

Reese was most well-known for her role as Tess on ‘Touched By an Angel.’

“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 last evening 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,” her costar Roma Downey confirmed to 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.”

Heaven has a brand new angel Della today 🕊🕊🕊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. 🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊 #touchedbyanangel #dellareese

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