Natalie Desselle Reid Mourned by Halle Berry, Danielle Brooks and More: ‘Completely Heartbroken’

“B*A*P*S” actress died of colon cancer on Monday at age 53

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Tributes from across Hollywood have poured in for late actress Natalie Desselle Reid, who lost a battle to colon cancer on Monday at the age of 53. She was known for starring opposite Halle Berry in the 1997 comedy “B*A*P*S,” and for her prominent roles in Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family” and the TV series “Eve.”

Berry herself was among the mourners on Monday, sharing a GIF of her and Reid hugging in “B*A*P*S” and writing that she was “completely heartbroken” and in “total shock.” A few days earlier, on Dec. 3, Berry had posted a throwback video from the film.

Reid’s former “Eve” co-star Jason Winston George also wrote a touching message: “For 3 of the most fun years of my life I worked side by side with #NatalieDesselleReid on #Eve. Effortlessly hilarious, inherently empathetic, Natalie was instantly every woman’s girlfriend and every guy’s sister,” he wrote. “Much love, Nat.”

“Orange Is the New Black” actress Danielle Brooks also took a moment to reflect on her memories of Reid.

“Just heard the passing of #NatalieDesselleReid. She was beyond kind and I’m grateful we were able to share a few conversations together,” she wrote. “I stand on her shoulders, and I will make sure to always remind people of her legacy and contribution to this industry.”

Fran Tirado, producer of queer content at Netflix, called Reid “a real one” and an “unmatched scene-stealer.” And “Undistracted” podcast host Brittany Packnett Cunningham called the loss “heartbreaking” and wished for Reid to “rest in power.”

See more tributes for Natalie Desselle Reid below.


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