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Della Reese
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Della Reese in 1977
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Birth name Delloreese Patricia Early
Born (1931-07-06)July 6, 1931
Black Bottom, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died November 19, 2017(2017-11-19) (aged 86)
Encino, California, United States
Genres Gospel, pop, jazz, R&B, traditional pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, minister, game show panelist
Years active 1953–2017
Labels Jubilee Records
RCA Records
Associated acts Mahalia Jackson
Erskine Hawkins

Della Reese (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017) was an American singer and television actress. She started acting in the 1950s. She was best known for performing as Tess in the CBS drama Touched by an Angel (which began September 1994 and ended in 2003). She was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Reese died of complications from diabetes on November 19, 2017 in Encino, California at the age of 86.

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