Natalie Desselle Reid, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family’ actress, dead at 53: A revisit to the life and legacy of the artist!

A revisit to the life and legacy of Natalie Desselle Reid
A revisit to the life and legacy of Natalie Desselle Reid

Surrounded by her family, the legendary actress Natalie Ried breathed her last on December 7th! Known for her roles in “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Eve” and “BAPS,” unfortunately embraced an untimely death at the age of 53.

According to the recent reports, Desselle Reid was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. Desselle-Reid’s manager, Dolores Robinson, confirmed the news on Twitter.

“Natalie Desselle the beautiful talented actress passed away this morning,” Robinson wrote. “Natalie was a bright light. She was an amazing actress and comedienne but also an awesome mother & wife.”

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning from colon cancer,” a statement on Desselle-Reid’s Instagram read. “She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife.”

Her career in the gigantic universe of Hollywood began in 1996 when she performed a one-episode role in “Family Matters,” which was soon followed up by her 1997 appearance in In the latter, she starred as Halle Berry’s sidekick, Mickey.

Berry, her co-star in “BAP*S” said the death of her co-star has left her “completely heartbroken.”

“i’m in total shock,” Berry captioned an Instagram video of the duo hugging on set of the film. “Completely heartbroken. gonna need a minute. #RIP”

Following this Je’Caryous Johnson – the CEO of Je’Caryous Entertainment, which was planning a stage adaption of “B.A.P.S.” – said Reid was looking forward to bringing her role as Mickey in the film back to life.

Death of Natalie Desselle Reid: An irreplaceable loss!

“The world has truly lost one of its most angelic souls here on Earth,” Johnson said in a statement, noting the dedicated approach Reid took to her acting. “There will never be another woman like her who so effortlessly lit up the screen, as well as any room she walked into.” This was even backed by several other condolences and memorials poured in on social media like an inexplicable and sentimental tears.

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Her early career also featured roles in “For Your Love” and “Built to Last.” She soon found a starring TV role in “Eve,” playing the character of Janie Egins throughout 66 episodes that aired between 2003 and 2006.

Along with this she is also known for her role in Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” where she played Tammy. Towards the final year of her career she was credited for her role in the series “Ya Killin’ Me,” in 2017 where Desselle-Reid also worked as a producer for a short called “Barrier,” which is currently in post-production.

The death of Desselle-Reid is indeed a grievous loss to the Hollywood Industry. The actress is survived by her husband, Leonard, and the couple’s three children: Sereno, Summer and Sasha.