[2017] Gone But Not Forgotten


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Della Reese, a Detriot native who started out as a gospel singer before transitioning into R&B, jazz, and pop and who ultimately became a household name as a TV actress, has died. Reese’s Touched By An Angel co-star Roma Downey confirmed Reese’s death in a statement, saying, “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.” She was 86.