Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Della Reese, of TV's 'Touched by an Angel,' Has Died at 86

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Della Reese, of TV's 'Touched by an Angel,' Has Died at 86

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Della Reese * The actress and gospel-influenced singer, who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," has died. She was 86.

Ms. Reese's co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement that the actress died peacefully Sunday (Nov. 19, 2017) in her home in the Los Angeles area. No further details were included.

Before "Touched by an Angel" debuted in 1994, Ms. Reese was mainly known as a singer, although she had co-starred on "Chico and the Man," "Charlie and Company" and "The Royal Family" and hosted her own talk show, "Della."

Ms. Reese's singing career 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. …

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