American actress, Natalie Desselle-Reid, best known for her roles in “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Eve” and “B*A*P*S*,” has died at the age of 53 following a secret battle with Colon Cancer.
Desselle-Reid’s manager, Dolores Robinson, confirmed the sad news on Twitter.
“Natalie Desselle the beautiful talented actress passed away this morning,” Robinson wrote. “Natalie was a bright light. She was an amazing actress and comedienne but also an awesome mother & wife.”
The veteran comedic actor passed away Monday morning, December 7.
A family member told TMZ that she died of colon cancer after having been diagnosed earlier this year. It was also reported that she was in hospice care in her final days and was surrounded by family when she went.
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning,” reads an official statement. “She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife.”
Natalie’s Hollywood career began in 1996 when she performed a one-episode role in “Family Matters,” which was soon followed up by her 1997 appearance in “B*A*P*S.” In the latter, she starred as Halle Berry’s sidekick, Mickey.
Her early career also featured roles in “For Your Love” and “Built to Last.” She soon found a starring TV role in “Eve,” playing the character of Janie Egins throughout 66 episodes that aired between 2003 and 2006.
She’s also well known for her role in Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” where she played Tammy. Her last acting credit came in 2017 for a role in the series “Ya Killin’ Me,”
The mother of three also worked as a producer for a short called “Barrier,” which is currently in post-production.
Desselle-Reid is survived by her husband, Leonard Reid, and three children.