Actor Natalie Desselle-Reid, 53, dies

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  • Natalie Desselle-Reid has died at the age of 53 after battling colon cancer.
  • The actor was best known for her roles in Madea's Big Happy FamilyEve and BAPS alongside Halle Berry.
  • "Natalie was one of the most precious people I've ever known. The second I met her our hearts were intertwined," Halle said in a tribute to the star.

Natalie Desselle-Reid has died. She was 53 years old.

The actor, best known for her roles in Madea's Big Happy Family, Eve and BAPS died on Monday, her manager, Dolores Robinson, confirmed on Twitter.

"Natalie was a bright light. She was an amazing actress and comedienne but also an awesome mother & wife. Sending prayers to her family," she wrote on Twitter.

A family member of the comedic star told TMZ she'd been battling colon cancer, and was in hospice care before her death. She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed.

An official statement from the family reads: "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."

Natalie made her acting debut in 1996 with the hit sitcom Family Matters, before going on to star in BAPS alongside Halle Berry, reports Variety.

Upon hearing about her death, the actress said of her costar, who played her sidekick, Mickey: "Natalie was one of the most precious people I've ever known. 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."

She added: "Natalie represented actual black women, not what black women are perceived to be. For that she was often underrated, passed over - deprived of the platform she truly deserved. But her light continues to shine through the people who grew up watching her, the people who knew her best and those of us who loved her.

"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. ima miss you Nat Dog!"

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