Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid, best known for her roles in movies like Set It Off and B*A*P*S has died at the age of 53.
Friend and fellow actress Holly Robinson-Peete took to social media Monday (Dec. 7) to share the sad news, writing: “Just absolutely decimated by this news… Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning. I got to know her when my mom was managing her. She will be so missed…sending out prayers to her children and husband.”
Just absolutely decimated by this news…
Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning. I got to know her when my mom was managing her.
She will be so missed…sending out prayers to her children and husband.
Rest In Peace, Sweet Girl?? pic.twitter.com/BsyltHxKRG
— Holly Robinson Peete?? (@hollyrpeete) December 7, 2020
According to TMZ, Desselle-Reid passed following a battle with colon cancer, which she’d kept private.
A family member said the actress was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year. She was in hospice care in her final days and was surrounded by family when she passed.
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning,” an official statement reads. “She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife.”
In addition to B*A*P*S and Set It Off, the actress has appeared in a number of Black films, including Def Jam’s How to Be a Player and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (which also starred Brandy and Whitney Houston).
She also starred in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family as Tammy.
Desselle-Reid also graced the small screen, making appearances on shows like Built to Last, For Your Love, and the UPN series Eve.
Natalie is survived by her husband, Leonard, and three children.
As the news of Natalie’s passing began to spread, friends and fans took to social media writing tributes and offering condolences:
I reached out to Natalie Desselle-Reid exactly one year ago to book her for Strong Black Legends. She was one of the most requested guests. She didn't respond (I assumed she wanted privacy). But hopefully, she knows that we considered her a LEGEND ???? pic.twitter.com/ag0gQw3Myg
— Jasmyn (@JasmynBeKnowing) December 7, 2020
RIP to Natalie Desselle-Reid ? A true scene stealer and comedic acting genius. pic.twitter.com/7yPXMEdGeL
— Sisa (@Titanbaddie) December 7, 2020
wow i was giving her her credit and flowers just 2 months ago ? rip Miss. Natalie Desselle Reid. your legacy will live on forever. https://t.co/MHCnvW85dK
— in the middle of a panoramic? (@theTHOTSS) December 7, 2020
RIP to Natalie Desselle-Reid! I loved her on Eve! ?
— Plastic Technologic (@Ultra_Marx) December 7, 2020
ICONIC actress Natalie Desselle-Reid passed away.. Condolences to her children, her husband, her, family & her friends.. She was truly amazing at what she did as an actress.
Her roles in BAPS & Cinderella are legendary! pic.twitter.com/HXpDcBzp9D
— Bella Goth (@HoodSocialism) December 7, 2020
a real one ? rest in power Natalie Desselle-Reid, the unmatched scene-stealer from BAPS and (the only) Cinderella pic.twitter.com/sWilc12P0d
— Fran Tirado (@fransquishco) December 7, 2020
This was only 3 days ago? Rest In Peace Natalie Desselle Reid https://t.co/mPxrWqabrG
— Cordova (@GNCordova) December 7, 2020
Prayers up to her friends and family … May she rest in peace.