Della Reese, who had a successful career as a jazz singer before gaining prominence as the star of the TV show Touched by an Angel, died Sunday night at age 86. She leaves behind her husband, Franklin Lett, a film producer and concert promoter, Variety reported.
“She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” actress Roma Downey, who co-starred with Reese on Touched By an Angel, said in a statement, adding that “heaven has a brand new angel.”
Her cause of death was not immediately announced. More details will follow shortly.