Natalie Desselle Reid, who famously appeared in hit comedies such as “BAP*S” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” has passed away at age 53.
On Monday, a family member told TMZ that the actress passed away Monday morning after she was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year.
The outlet reports that Desselle Reid was in hospice care during her final days and was surrounded by family when she passed.
That day on her Instagram, a statement was released confirming Desselle Reid’s death.
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning from colon cancer. She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife,” the statement read.
“Her diverse career touched so many and she will be loved forever. Naturally, we are grieving and processing this profound loss and we thank you in advance for respecting our privacy at this extremely difficult time.”
Also on Monday, Holly Robinson Peete shared the news of Desselle Reid’s passing, revealing that her mother once managed Natalie.
“She will be so missed...sending out prayers to her children and husband,” Peete added.
Just absolutely decimated by this news...— Holly Robinson Peete😷🥰 (@hollyrpeete) December 7, 2020
Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning. I got to know her when my mom was managing her.
She will be so missed...sending out prayers to her children and husband.
Rest In Peace, Sweet Girl🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/BsyltHxKRG
Desselle Reid’s “BAP*S” co-star Halle Berry also paid tribute on social media, remembering Natalie as “one of the most precious people I’ve ever known.”
“Natalie represented actual black women, not what black women are perceived to be. For that she was often underrated, passed over — deprived of the platform she truly deserved. But her light continues to shine through the people who grew up watching her, the people who knew her best and those of us who loved her,” Berry wrote.
Desselle Reid also appeared in films such as “How to Be a Player,” “Set It Off,” “Divas,” and “Gas,” in addition to TV shows including “For Your Love” and “Built to Last.”
She is survived by her husband Leonard and their three children: son Sereno, 23, and two teenage daughters, Summer and Sasha.
Our condolences go out to Natalie’s family and loved ones for their loss.