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Della Reese, Music Icon And 'Touched By An Angel' Star, Dead At 86

Taryn Finley

Della Reese, a music legend known for her beloved character on “Touched by an Angel,” has died at the age of 86.

Reese’s costar Roma Downey sent People a statement confirming that Reese had died in her California home on Sunday.

Della Reese in 1990

“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,” Downey said in the 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,” she continued. “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.”

Downey also shared a version of the statement on Instagram.