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Yvette Wilson, ‘Moesha’ Star, Dies of Cancer at 48

Actress and comedian also appeared in "House Party" films, "Friday," and on "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam"

Yvette Wilson, the actress and comedian who starred on "Moesha" and its spinoff, "The Parkers," has died after battling cervical cancer, a friend said Friday. She was 48.

"It is with a heavy heart that I can verify that Yvette passed away last evening after a lengthy and hard battle," Jeffrey Pittle wrote on a website set up to help raise money for her fight. "She was a fighter to the end, and her talent, humor and amazing friendship will be sorely missed. She will live on through her awesome body of work."

Best known for playing Andell Wilkerson on the UPN sitcom "Moesha" and its spinoff, "The Parkers," she also appeared in the second and third "House Party" films, in "Friday," and on "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam."

Pittle asked that people continue to contribute through the site to support Wilson's family.

Wilson suffered kidney failure and needed kidney transplants as she fought the cancer. It recently returned "after an extended retreat," Pittle said.