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On Monday, the Northern Irish actress shared an Instagram post with her followers, breaking the sad news to them that the woman she thought of as her "mother" had passed."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."The 57-year-old actress continued in the post about the loss of her dear friend, writing, "She was an incredible Wife, Mother, Grandmother, friend, and Pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer.
Music legend and actress Della Reese passed away at the age of 86 in her home in Encino, Calif., on Sunday night.
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,' Downey wrote in a statement.Young star: Reese's singing career also began in church, when she joined the junior gospel choir at the Olivet Baptist Church in her hometown of Detroit.Soon she was singing at other churches, at civic events and on the radio When Mahalia Jackson, known as The Queen of Gospel Music, came to Detroit, she needed a singer to replace a member of her troupe. Jackson was so impressed by the teenager's voice that she enlisted her for a summer tour, and Reese went on to tour with her for five summers.It's clear that Downey was touched by Reese's life in so many ways. #touchedbyanangel #angel #tessandmonica #dellareese #romadowney A post shared by Roma Downey??Check out images from Reese and Downey's profound and meaningful friendship, which lasted over two decades... (@romadowney) on Thank you friends for all your prayers for this great lady ......please keep them coming I know they are such a comfort to Miss Della .??????????????