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Natalie Desselle-Reid, “Madea” And “B*A*P*S*” Actress, Dies At 53

Natalie Desselle-Reid | Image: JOHN SHEARER/WIREIMAGE

Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid, known for her roles in “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Eve” and “B*A*P*S*,” has died. She was 53.


Desselle-Reid passed away on Monday after a private battle with colon cancer.

“She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife,” a statement on her Instagram page read.

“Her diverse career touched so many and she will be loved forever. Naturally, we are grieving and processing this profound loss and we thank you in advance for respecting our privacy at this extremely difficult time.”

The actress was best known for roles on the UPN series Eve (2003-2006) and the Robert Townsend-directed 1997 comedy B.A.P.S., in which she played a waitress in Georgia who ends up caring for a Beverly Hills millionaire and living the life of “Black American Princesses.” The cult classic famously co-starred Halle Berry.

Desselle-Reid also appeared in the racially diverse 1997 retelling of Cinderella, starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, and Madea’s Big Happy Family (2001).

She is survived by her husband, Leonard, and children Sereno, Summer and Sasha.

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