'B.A.P.S.' Star Natalie Desselle Reid Dead At 53

Written by on December 8, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Natalie Desselle Reid, who starred alongside Halle Berry within the 1997 movie “B.A.P.S.” and on the sitcom “Eve,” has died. She was 53.

Reid’s loss of life on Monday was confirmed by Je’Caryous Johnson, the CEO of Je’Caryous Leisure, which was planning a stage adaption of “B.A.P.S.”

A rep for the actor’s household mentioned she died after a battle with colon most cancers.

Within the movie “B.A.P.S,” Reid and Berry performed the roles of two waitresses at a Georgia meals diner who resolve to fly to Los Angeles for a music video audition. The tandem ended up residing a luxurious life-style as “Black American Princesses” whereas caring for an aged Beverly Hills millionaire.

Johnson mentioned Reid was trying ahead to bringing her function as Mickey within the movie again to life. He mentioned everybody fell in love with Reid’s “undeniably witty, all the time giving and caring and hilariously show-stopping persona” throughout rehearsals earlier this 12 months.

“The world has really misplaced one in every of its most angelic souls right here on Earth,” Johnson mentioned in a press release, noting the devoted method Reid took to her performing. “There’ll by no means be one other lady like her who so effortlessly lit up the display, in addition to any room she walked into.”

Berry mentioned on Twitter that she was “in complete shock. … fully heartbroken.”

Reid starred as Eve’s pal Janie Egins over a three-season span on the UPN sitcom “Eve.” The actor additionally appeared in Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Large Comfortable Household,” F. Gary Grey’s “Set It Off” and Def Jam’s “How you can Be a Participant.”

Eve paid tribute to Reid on her social media saying “thanks to your gentle and spirit.”

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