Natalie Desselle Reid, Star of ‘B.A.P.S.’ and ‘Eve,’ Dies at 53

Natalie Desselle Reid, Star of 'B.A.P.S.' and 'Eve,' Dies at 53
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The actress reportedly died after a battle with colon cancer.

Natalie Desselle Reid, the comedy actress who starred opposite Halle Berry within the 1997 film B.A.P.S. and had a recurring role on the UPN sitcom Eve, has died. She was 53.

Desselle Reid died Monday morning, her manager, Dolores Robinson, and actress Holly Robinson Peete reported on Twitter.

“Natalie was a brilliant light. She was an incredible actress and comedienne but in addition an awesome mother & wife,” wrote Robinson.

Robinson Peete added that she was “completely decimated” by the news of Desselle Reid’s passing. “I obtained to know her when my mother was managing her,” she wrote. “She will probably be so missed … sending out prayers to her kids and husband.”

Desselle Reid died after a private battle with colon cancer, TMZ reported.

What seems to be Desselle Reid’s Instagram account additionally confirmed the information of her demise, sharing that the actress was “a brilliant mild on this world. A queen. An extraordinary mom and spouse. Her various profession touched so many and she will likely be loved without end. Naturally, we’re grieving and processing this profound loss and we thank in advance for respecting our privateness at this extraordinarily troublesome time.”

In B.A.P.S., directed by Robert Townsend, Desselle Reid and Berry portrayed waitresses in a soul meals diner in Georgia who wind up caring for a Beverly Hills millionaire (Martin Landau) and dwelling massive as “Black American Princesses.” Desselle Reid memorably performed the character of Mickey.

She was Eve’s pal Janie Eggins on 66 episodes over all three seasons (2003-06) of Eve.

Desselle Reid additionally appeared on the large screen in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Large Glad Household, F. Gary Grey’s Set It Off, and Def Jam’s Methods to Be a Participant. She starred on Constructed to Final, an NBC sitcom that aired in 1997, and as the evil stepsister Minerva in Brandy’s ABC film of Cinderella that year.

Born July 12, 1967, in Alexandria, Louisiana, Desselle Reid attended Grambling State University.

Survivors include her husband, Leonard, and her kids, Sereno, Summer and Sasha.

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