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Actress Natalie Desselle dies at 53 after private battle with colon cancer

Madea actress Natalie Desselle-Reid has died after a one year battle with colon cancer. The actress is famous for her role as Mickey in the 1997 film B.A.P.S.

Natalie’s family confirmed the news writing, “It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning. She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife.”

Fellow actress Holly Robinson Peete tweeted a heartfelt message about the late veteran actress.

“Just absolutely decimated by this news…Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning,” she tweeted.

“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.”

Over the years, Desselle Reid acted in several black films, including B.A.P.S., Def Jam’s How to Be a Player and Brandy’s version of Cinderella.

She also graced the small screen, making appearances in “Built to Last,” “For Your Love,” and the UPN series, “Eve.”

Natalie leaves behind her husband, Leonard, and 3 children.