'Touched by an Angel' actress Della Reese dies at the age of 86

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Della Reese, the singer and actress who starred on television's "Touched by an Angel," dies at age 86, family says. (KTRK)

Della Reese, the singer and actress who starred on television's "Touched by an Angel," dies at age 86, family says.

Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," died at age 86.

A family representative released a statement Monday that Reese died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 19 in California.

"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," the statement read. "She was an incredible Wife, Mother, Grandmother, friend, and Pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer," the statement obtained by ABC News continued. "Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people."

Reese leaves behind her husband, Franklin Lett, and her children James, Franklin and Dominique.

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