Della Reese, a pop and jazz star in the '50s and '60s dies at 86 years of age. The popular TV actress on "Touched By an Angel" and other shows, passed on Sunday night at her home in California. A statement from the family read, "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", the statement continued.
The star had four marriages with Mercer and Franklin Lett, a film producer and concert promoter.
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."