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Natalie Deselle Reid death

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Actress Natalie Deselle-Reid, known for her work in films like B.A.P.S. and How to Be a Player, as well as the UPN series Eve, passed away on Monday morning. She was 53 years old.

The news was shared on the star’s Instagram page on Monday afternoon.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning,” the message read. “She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife.
Her diverse career touched so many and she will be loved forever. Naturally, we are grieving and processing this profound loss and we thank you in advance for respecting our privacy at this extremely difficult time.”

No further information regarding a cause of death was shared, per the request for privacy in the statement. However, TMZ reported that a family member revealed to them that she died from colon cancer after being diagnosed with the disease earlier this year. Actor Chadwick Boseman recently passed away in August from the same form of cancer.

Prior to that message, the news was shared earlier in the afternoon by actress Holly Robinson-Peete.

“Just absolutely decimated by this news… Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning,” she wrote. “I got to know her when my mom was managing her. She will be so missed…sending out prayers to her children and husband. Rest In Peace, Sweet Girl.”

Deselle-Reid, as mentioned, was best known for her work as Mickey alongside Halle Berry‘s Nisi in the 1997 comedy B.A.P.S. She also appeared in the TV movie Cinderella as one of the stepsisters to Brandy‘s Cinderella. From there, she appeared on the shows For Your Love and Eve, the latter starring rapper Eve Jeffers and lasting for three seasons. Her most recent works included Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family and a project called Queen Victoria’s Wedding. She also appeared on episodes of ABC cooking show The Chew as a guest host.

She leaves behind her husband, Lenny Reid, and the couples three children.
Hit the flip to see more photos of the actress from over the span of her career of 25 years.
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 19: Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid arrives at a screening of Lionsgate Films’ “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family” at the Cinerama Dome Theater on April 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Deselle-Reid, spotted her with her cast mates from Eve, was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. She first became interested in acting, theatre initially, while studying at Grambling State University. Some of her first roles included playing Tanika in the film Set It Off, and an appearance on the sitcom Family Matters as a character titled, “Baby Girl.” Both parts came in 1996 and were her big breaks.

Natalie Desselle, Eve and Ali Landry during CBS/Paramount/UPN/Showtime/King World 2006 TCA Winter Press Tour Party – Red Carpet at The Wind Tunnel in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)

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Deselle-Reid’s breakthrough role, however, was as Mickey in 1997’s B.A.P.S. alongside future Oscar winner Halle Berry. Just last year, director Robert Townsend asked fans of the film if they would be interested in a sequel.

“I directed Baps starring @HalleBerry and written by @Troybyer,” he said on Twitter. “With all the reboots going on,here’s the question of the day. Would you go see a sequel to Baps?”

Plenty of people were loving the idea.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Natalie Desselle arrives at the “Eve” launch and viewing party at The Falls on September 15, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

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Deselle-Reid, pictured here with singer Ruben Studdard during an episode of Eve, did an interview in 2018 with “The Greatest Fan” where she shared that people hadn’t seen much of her on TV or in movies for a while because she had been busy being a mom.

Well I’ve been raising children the last few years. Just writing, going over into the producer part because I needed time to switch gears. Reinvent myself. But I really needed time to spend with my kids. I really needed to put that time in.”

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 12: “Oh, Brother” – (l to r) “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard guest stars as Janie’s baby brother Paul, who comes to Miami for a visit and joins Janie (Natalie Desselle-Reid) in a song to her church congregation, on EVE. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)

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The star realized she needed to step away and focus on her family around the time she was on Eve. She has two daughters and a step-son from her marriage to Lenny Reid. She’s pictured here with the cast of Eve back in 2005.

It was like on Eve, I was pregnant twice,” she said. “So my girls are now teenagers, so I can let loose a little bit more. I’ve invested now.”

Natalie Desselle-Reid, Jason George, Eve, Brian Hooks, Ali Landry and Sean Maguire of “Eve” at the Quixote Photo Studios in West Hollywood, California (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

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Deselle-Reid not only got into acting at Grambling, but she also says the university encouraged and supported her dreams of being an actress. The acting teach

“Grambling was where they could tell me I could do it,” she said. An acting teacher told her that she had the talent to shine not only on the small stage at the school but also in Hollywood. When her student loan fell through, she left behind her studies to get in front of a camera.

Natalie Desselle-Reid during Television Critics Association UPN Day – Arrivals at Renissance Hotel in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)

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The star, pictured here promoting Madea’s Big Happy Family, said the chance came to prove her acting teacher right when she could no longer afford school.

“Loan didn’t come through! That’s what they said,” she joked. “But that was God because I already knew where I wanted to go and I knew how I was going to get there,” she said. “I took a bus because my plane ticket, they went bankrupt. So I took days to get there, plan out everything I wanted to do, but I just always knew. I didn’t know what it was going to be but I knew I had to go.”

ATLANTA – SEPTEMBER 02: Actress Natalie Desselle Reid attends the “Madea’s Big Happy Family” wrap party at Rare on September 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage)

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“If I wouldn’t have left when I would have left, I would have missed Whitney and Cinderella,” she said of taking advantage of the opportunity to go to Hollywood and ending up in Cinderella in 1997. Deselle-Reid is pictured here with Mario Batali on “The Chew” in 2015.

THE CHEW – Mario teaches Natalie Deselle Reid a comfort dish she can make for her family, Monday, May 4, 2015 on Walt Disney Television via Getty Images’s “The Chew.” “The Chew” airs MONDAY – FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

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As of what she character she loved to play, Deselle-Reid, pictured here at The Chew during another one of her guest hosting stints, said she was always fond of being the woman who tells it like it is.

“I’m just the type of character where she keeps it real,” she said. “A lot of us are afraid to do that, be the one who speaks the truth. It’s hard.”

THE CHEW – “THE CHEW-AU-LUAU” airs today, Wednesday, February 18, 2015 on Walt Disney Television via Getty Images’s “The Chew.” “The Chew” airs MONDAY – FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevialqua/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images)

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Deselle-Reid will be missed for her talents, and also her gorgeous smile and bright eyes. She will also, of course, be greatly missed by her children, whom she loves. As we told you, she has two daughters and a stepson, and she sacrificed being in front of the camera to be there for that stepson. It was all worth it, as her son ended up successfully going off to study at Michigan State University.

“For the last four years, I’ve literally been at the house,” she said during an interview in 2016. “He’s my stepson but I met him when he was four, so he doesn’t like for me to say that because he says he doesn’t feel like he’s a part of me. When he started to get bigger I felt like I had to be there. He’s a really handsome boy, he’s smart. And you know boys, with idle time, they just don’t always make it to college. He’s 18 now and just came home for the first semester.”

Natalie Desselle arrives to “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family” Los Angeles Premiere at The Dome at Arclight Hollywood on April 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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