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The world is just a little bit sadder today as an amazing woman who was an even more amazing actress and singer has passed on. We are deeply saddened to report Della Reese has passed at the age of 86.

Della Reese is a music icon, known the world over for her strong vocals, strong morals, and dozens of television and movie roles in productions like Touched By An Angel and Harlem Nights. Della passed Sunday evening.

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“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. 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,” her costar Roma Downey confirmed to PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.

“She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on Touched By an Angel. I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. We love you.”

Born Delloreese Patricia Early on July 6, 1931 in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood, Reese began singing in public at just 6 years old at her local church, establishing her roots in gospel music. Her vocal talent flourished and by 13 she was tapped to perform with Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group, with whom she’d later tour.

She formed her own group, the Meditation Singers, in the late 1940s, but her exposure to jazz artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan sparked a desire to broaden her musical scope. Now using her famous stage name, she signed a deal with Jubilee Records in 1953, releasing six albums largely composed of jazz standards.

National fame would come in 1957 with the release of “And That Reminds Me,” a Top 20 hit and her first global seller.

She followed it up with “Don’t You Know?” — which would become her signature song, and a string of hits including “Not One Minute More, “And Now,” “Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You),”  and “The Most Beautiful Words.”

In the late ’60s she began to expand her career from a jazz nightclub act to all-around entertainer by breaking into television. She became a familiar face on the small screen, securing guest spots on a host of shows, including The Mod Squad, The Love Boat, Sanford and Son, MacGyver, Night Court, and The Young and the Restless.

Her short-lived variety series, Della, debuted in 1969, and the following year she became the first black woman to co-host The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. It was after a Tonight Show appearance in 1979 that Reese suffered a brain aneurysm that nearly claimed her life.

Reese became an ordained minister in the 1980s through the Christian New Thought branch known as Unity, leading her to found her own church, Understanding Principles for Better Living (also known as “UP Church”).

She would draw on her faith for her most famous acting role, playing the part “supervising angel” Tess on the CBS series Touched By an Angel beginning in 1994. Though the show was initially met with mixed reviews, it went on to become a huge success, running until 2003. Tess’ playful sarcasm and no-nonsense attitude added something of a humorous edge to the wholesome show, and she became its most beloved character.

Reese was plagued with health problems later in life, including a battle with diabetes which she blamed on poor diet and exercise. Following two appearances on the television show Signed, Sealed, Delivered in 2014, she retired from acting.

Rest in peace Della, we were all truly touched by angel.

 

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#FakeNews! Nene Leakes Says She & Hubby, Gregg, Are NOT Separated!

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Nene Leakes, is the latest celebrity yelling “Fake News,” when it comes to the status of her marriage to husband, Gregg Leakes. Apparently, rumors were swirling that the couple separated  thanks to the latest episode of the series, which coupled Nene’s current marital woes with the wedding of her cast mate and top model, Eva Marcell. Nene took to Instagram to set the record straight!

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Nene Leakes, is the latest celebrity yelling “Fake News,” when it comes to the status of her marriage to husband, Gregg Leakes. Apparently, rumors were swirling that the couple separated  thanks to the latest episode of the series, which coupled Nene’s current marital woes with the wedding of her cast mate and top model, Eva Marcell. Nene took to Instagram to set the record straight!

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 10: NeNe Leakes and Gregg Leakes attend NBCUniversal’s 73rd Annual Golden Globes After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

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We are really glad Gregg and Nene have not separated. We can only imagine what they are dealing with when it comes his cancer diagnosis. Let’s keep them in our prayers!

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Tea Spilled? John Legend Says College Admissions Scandal Runs Much Deeper Than Felicity Huffman & Lori Loughlin!

The college cheating scandal that encompasses dozens of top tier institutes of higher learning and has gotten actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin has been front page news this week. Although the two actresses have become the face of the scandal (say it ain’t so Aunt Becky), according to John Legend the “rabbit hole” run much deeper. 

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The college cheating scandal that encompasses dozens of top tier institutes of higher learning and has gotten actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin has been front page news this week. Although the two actresses have become the face of the scandal (say it ain’t so Aunt Becky), according to John Legend the “rabbit hole” run much deeper.

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“I went to a good school,” Legend told ET at the iHeartRadio Music Awards Thursday. “I think it’s a longer conversation because I think a lot of people look at this rightly as fraudulent and dishonest.”

“But the bottom line is, the system has been rigged for wealthy people for a long time,” he continued. “The admissions system rewards people’s parents being wealthy and people’s parents having gone to a certain school. There’s a lot of legal ways to do that that still aren’t really that fair to a lot of other people.”

Legend’s very serious and thoughtful remarks on the admissions scam follow his wife’s reaction from a few days earlier; in contrast to her husband, Teigen poked fun at the whole thing by photoshopping their heads onto those of athletes.

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin

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It is no secret or surprise to us that the wealthy and elite have been able to go off the radar, or do something illegal, to procure opportunities for their children. Honestly, I am surprised more celebrities were not caught up in this scandal. We are sure this scandal is still unfolding.  We will keep you up to date on the details as they become available!

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Paris Jackson Slams Reports She Was Hospitalized Over Suicide Attempt!

Not so fast! Paris Jackson is denying reports she would hospitalized over an alleged suicide attempt! Earlier today TMZ reported the only daughter of the late and great King of Pop, Michael Jackson, attempted to harm herself and that her reasoning was somehow connected to the Leaving Neverland documentary. As you may already know, the documentary alleges her father molested multiple young boys, and Paris recently spoke out against the backlash stating she does not have to answer for anything her father may, or may not have done.

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Not so fast! Paris Jackson is denying reports she would hospitalized over an alleged suicide attempt! Earlier today TMZ reported the only daughter of the late and great King of Pop, Michael Jackson, attempted to harm herself and that her reasoning was somehow connected to the Leaving Neverland documentary. As you may already know, the documentary alleges her father molested multiple young boys, and Paris recently spoke out against the backlash stating she does not have to answer for anything her father may, or may not have done.

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Paris responded to TMZ with the following tweet:

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She then went on to add a few emojis.

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Suicide is definitely nothing to scoff at and we are just glad to hear from Paris that she is doing well. As for these hecklers trying to get her to answer for her father’s allegations we have to say that the daughter will not suffer for the sins of the father. Whether Michael Jackson molested those young men is truly up to interpretation; and with his demise, it is now a moot point.

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