Downey also shared a version of the statement on Instagram. The beloved singer and actress has been battling diabetes for years, and died in her California home. Reese credited Drake with saving her life and eyesight. "She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years".
Della was 86. Tell us what was your favorite Della Reese film in the comments. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. She later added secular performances to her repertoire. She signed her first record contract in the '50s and went on to top the charts with "Don't You Know", an adaptation of the aria "Quando m'en vo" from La Boheme.
"For nine years, we were privileged to have Della as part of the CBS family when she delivered encouragement and optimism to millions of viewers as Tess on Touched by an Angel", CBS said.
Reese wound down her musical career in the '70s, and solidified herself as a double threat with a successful transition into a Hollywood acting career.
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But it was acting that broke her into the big time. She was a multi-talented, award-winning performer who shined brightly on sound stages and in concert halls. "She speaks the truth".
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In 1979, Reese collapsed on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show from a potentially fatal brain aneurysm.
Reese was best known for her work on Touched by an Angel, although she has appeared on dozens of TV shows, and done countless films and other media projects.
In addition to holding down menial jobs, Ms. Reese formed her own group, the Meditation Singers, but considered singing a hobby more than a steady or realistic career choice.
The actress didn't completely retire after the show's run. She will be greatly missed.
"I was a troubadour", she later told the Chicago Tribune, "and I'd sing whatever I saw, whatever I knew. 'Mr".
Coleman, who started what became a megachurch in 1956, died in 2014.
The popular tunes scored the singer three Grammy nominations over the years, with the most recent nod coming in 1998 for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album. Despite her "Touched by an Angel" schedule, she traveled to Chicago for continuing education required by Coleman's foundation. "That's what I think people come to the show and the ministry for".