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Della Reese

American actress and singer

Della Reese (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017) was an American singer, (television) actress, and Christian minister. She started acting in the 1950s. She was best known for performing as Tess in the CBS drama Touched by an Angel (which began September 1994 and ended in 2003). She was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Della Reese
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Della Reese in 1977
Background information
Birth nameDelloreese Patricia Early
Born(1931-07-06)July 6, 1931[1]
Black Bottom, Detroit, Michigan, United States
DiedNovember 19, 2017(2017-11-19) (aged 86)
Encino, California, United States
GenresGospel, pop, jazz, R&B, traditional pop
OccupationsSinger, actress, minister, game show panelist
Years active1953–2017
LabelsJubilee Records
RCA Records
Associated actsMahalia Jackson
Erskine Hawkins

Reese died of complications from diabetes on November 19, 2017 in Encino, California at the age of 86.[2]


  1. Andrea LeVasseur (2009). "Della Reese: Biography". All Movie Guide. MSN. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  2. Morris, Chris (November 20, 2017). "Della Reese, 'Touched by an Angel' Star and R&B Singer, Dies at 86". Retrieved November 20, 2017.

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