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Pop and jazz singer Della Reese dies at 86


Della Reese died on Sunday night at her home in California she was 86. Della moved from pop and jazz singing stardom in the 1950s and 1960s to a long career as a popular TV actor on Touched by an Angel and other shows.

Reese broke into TV full-time with a starring role in the hit 1975-78 Jack Albertson-Freddie Prinze comedy series Chico and the Man. She also took starring roles in the features Harlem Nights and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate and appeared in 20 made-for-TV pictures.

“She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend and pastor as well as an award-winning actor and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” actor Roma Downey, Reese’s co-star said in a statement.
Downey added, “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.”
Singer Dionne Warwick said, “We have lost another voice that I’m sure God will use in that great heavenly choir.” Reared in gospel, Reese became a seductive, big-voiced secular music star with her R&B and pop hit “Don’t You Know” in 1959.