Condolences are pouring in for singer and ‘Touched By An Angel’ actress Della Reese, who has sadly died aged 86.
In a statement to PEOPLE, her longtime costar Roma Downey confirmed the passing (which occurred last night) in a statement:
“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,
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.”
The much loved actress leaves behind children James, Franklin, and Dominique, as well as husband Franklin Lett.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.