08 December 2020 12:39
Halle Berry has been left "completely heartbroken" after learning of the death of her B.A.P.S. co-star Natalie Desselle-Reid. The comedic actress lost a private battle with colon cancer on Monday morning, aged 53. An official statement reads, "It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning. Shortly after the news broke online, Halle took to Instagram to share her disbelief. Paying tribute to her old pal by uploading a GIF of the pair embracing in the 1997 comedy, Halle wrote, "i'm in total shock.
Holly Robinson Peete was among the first to remember Desselle-Reid on social media, revealing they had grown close through her manager mother, Dolores Robinson. "Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning. In addition to B.A.P.S., Desselle-Reid became known for starring alongside rapper-turned-actress Eve in her self-titled sitcom, as well as appearing in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family film in 2011. Her other movie credits included How to Be a Player, Set It Off, and the 1997 TV hit Cinderella, sharing the screen with Brandy as the titular Disney princess, and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother, while Desselle-Reid portrayed Minerva, one of the evil step-sisters. Cinderella actress Natalie Desselle Reid has tragically passed away.
The actress returned to Instagram a short time later with a beautiful tribute to her friend. "I'm still processing this devastating news - and as I continue to read all of your kind words, memories of Natalie continue to flood back to me. Natalie taught us love, joy and humor through her characters - she could never dim her light, and it was infectious. She and I would hoot and holler over every #BAPS tribute we came across, sending them back and forth to one another, overwhelmed that our on screen friendship meant as much to you as it did to us. Above all, she was a daughter, wife, friend and mother; and my heart is with her entire family, especially with Leonard, Sereno, Summer and Sasha.
'She and I would hoot and holler over every #BAPS tribute we came across, sending them back and forth to one another, overwhelmed that our on screen friendship meant as much to you as it did to us. Halle Berry shared a heartfelt tribute to Natalie on Instagram (Picture: Getty) 'Above all, she was a daughter, wife, friend and mother; and my heart is with her entire family, especially with Leonard, Sereno, Summer and Sasha. 'I'll love you forever my sweet friend. Natalie's most notable role came alongside Halle in B.A.P.S, but she also made appearances in TV films such as Cinderella, and TV shows Eve and Built To Last. Her death was confirmed through a statement on her Instagram page, which read: 'It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning. ' B.A.P.S.' star Natalie Desselle Reid dies at 53 LOS ANGELES — Natalie Desselle Reid, who starred alongside Halle Berry in the 1997 film "B.A.P.S." and on the sitcom "Eve," has died. Reid's death on Monday was confirmed by Je'Caryous Johnson, the CEO of Je'Caryous Entertainment, which was planning a stage adaption of "B.A.P.S." A rep for the actor's family said she died after a battle with colon cancer. Reid starred as Eve's friend Janie Egins over a three-season span on the UPN sitcom "Eve." The actor also appeared in Tyler Perry's "Madea's Big Happy Family," F. Eve paid tribute to Reid on her social media saying "thank you for your light and spirit." Halle Berry pays heartfelt tribute to Natalie Desselle-Reid Hollywood actress Halle Berry penned down a heartfelt tribute to co-star Natalie Desselle-Reid, who died of colon cancer at the age of 53. Taking to Twitter Halle shared throwback photos with Natalie and penned down an emotional tribute to her. Berry, 54, wrote "I'm still processing this devastating news' of the Cinderella actress' death. "Natalie was one of the most precious people I've ever known," she said and added 'Natalie taught us love, joy and humor throughout her characters. "The second I met her our hearts [were] intertwined — we had a connection that was simply unexplainable, and she stayed her same sweet self all the years I knew her." Berry, who said she met Desselle-Reid through actor and director Robert Townsend, further wrote, "Above all, she was a daughter, wife, friend and mother; and my heart is with her entire family, especially with Leonard Sereno, Summer and Sasha. I'll love you forever my sweet friend.