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'Touched By An Angel' Star Della Reese Dies at 86

November 20, 2017

Della Reese, the entertainer who was best known for her role as Tess on the CBS '90's drama Touched by an Angel, has died. The actress and singer was 86 years old.

The news of Reese's death was confirmed by her family in a statement on Monday (November 20). They say that Reese passed away peacefully at her home in California on Sunday evening. Her Touched by an Angel co-star Roma Downey posted the statement on social media as well:

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Reese played the role of Tess, an "angel supervisor," who assigned Roma Downey's character (Monica) a "case" during each episode of the hit CBS show, which ran from 1994 through 2003. Reese earned two Emmy nominations for her work on the show. 

The late actress actually rose to fame as a singer. She even had a recording contract in the 1950's. In fact, Reese even performed Touched by an Angel's theme song, which was titled "Walk With You."