CINEMA: Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid has sadly died at the age of 53.
The actress was best known for playing Mickey in the 1997 movie B.A.P.S. alongside Halle Berry, and for starring alongside late comedian Bernie Mac in How To Be A Player, as well as Set It Off with Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah.
A cause of death was not mentioned but sources have told TMZ the actress battled colon cancer and spent her final days in a hospice surrounded by her family.
Announcing the sad news, a post on her Instagram account read: “It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning.”
“She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife. 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.”
Deselle-Reid’s manager also tweeted: “Natalie Desselle the beautiful talented actress passed away this morning.”
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
Natalie Desselle the beautiful talented actress passed away this morning.
Natalie was a bright light. She was an amazing actress and comedienne but also an awesome mother & wife.
Sending prayers to her family.
I had the pleasure of managing her career.
— DoloresRobinson (@DoloresRobinson) December 7, 2020
“Natalie was a bright light. She was an amazing actress and comedienne but also an awesome mother & wife. Sending prayers to her family. I had the pleasure of managing her career.”
Actress Holly Robinson-Peete led tributes for the actress and said: “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.”
A Netflix executive added: ‘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.”
Desselle-Reid also made appearances in TV films such as Cinderella alongside Brandy, as well as series like Eve and Built To Last.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard, and three children.