The American actress well known as Tammy on Madea’s Big Happy Family, Desselle-Reid died Monday morning from colon cancer. We all know her character but who was she apart from that?
Born and bred in in Alexandria, Louisiana, Desselle-Reid was the daughter of Thelma and Paul Desselle. She graduated from Peabody Magnet High School and attended Grambling State University.
The star was quite big as she appeared in several films, including B.A.P.S., Def Jam’s How to be a player, Set it off and Cinderella. She also appeared television series Built to Last, For Your Love, and Eve.
Desselle-Reid’s family announced in an Instagram post. “It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning from colon cancer,” her family wrote. She passed away at the age of 53 years.
A lot of her friends in the entertainment industry have been sharing their condolences.
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) December 7, 2020
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) December 8, 2020
Just heard the passing of #NatalieDesselleReid She was beyond kind and I’m grateful we were able to share a few conversations together. I stand on her shoulders, and I will make sure to always remind people of her legacy and contribution to this industry. 🕊 😢
— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) December 7, 2020
Sending my love and condolences out to Natalie Desselle family. Had the pleasure of working with her on Tyler Perrys “Madea Big Happy Family” sending my love 🕊 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9pLaVEEJzI
— Bow Wow (@smoss) December 7, 2020
May her soul rest in peace.
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