The world of television lost a beautiful soul today, Della Reese, who was popular for her role as Tess in the TV series Touch By an Angel. Surrounded by family and friends she was 86 upon her passing in her California home.
Her co-star Roma Downey, who played by Monica in the show confirmed the news with a statement,
“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,” the statement reads. “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.”
Executive Producer of the hit show took to Twitter and tweeted
Farewell to the unforgettable Della @iamdellareese Love & peace & joy as you “go to meet Him face to face.” For your music, your powerful presence, for 23 years of giving your best, from #TouchedByAnAngel to #SignedSealedDelivered thank you – with love “Martha May Greensmith”
— Martha Williamson (@MarthaMoonWater) November 20, 2017
As a fan of the show, I used to watch it every Sunday with my family. I even recorded the show on VHS, so I may dig them up again to reminisce. They’re probably in my garage somewhere.
It is so sad and tragic to see such a talent leave the world. May you rest in peace “Tess”.