Natalie Desselle-Reid: The Real Cause of Madea’s Big Happy Family Star’s Untimely Death

  • AUTHOR: midhat
  • POSTED ON: December 8, 2020

Desselle Reid passed away due to colon cancer?

Natalie Desselle Reid, widely known for her roles in movies like “Madea’s Big Happy Family” and “B*A*P*S” and the TV series “Eve,” has passed away at the age when she was 53.

Dolores Robinson, Desselle-Reid’s manager, has confirmed the news of her passing on Twitter.

“Natalie Desselle, the beautiful, talented actress, passed away this morning.” Robinson tweeted. “Natalie was a bright light. She was an amazing actress and comedienne but also an extraordinary mother and wife.”

A close source from family Desselle- Reid shared that the actor died of colon cancer, which she had been battling privately for some time.

She’s the second actor who died of colon cancer this year after Chadwick Boseman.

Her death was also announced on her official Instagram account on Monday in a statement that reads, “It is extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning.”

Her extraordinary role in the UPN series Eve (2003-2006) will forever be remembered. She also starred as a waitress in the Robert Townsend-directed 1997 comedy B.A.P.S, a cult comedy that follows two aspiring female entrepreneurs who end up caring for a Beverly Hills millionaire and living the life of “Black American Princesses.”

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Desselle-Reid also starred in the racially diverse 1997 retelling of Cinderella, featuring Brandy and Whitney Houston alongside.

She’s also known for her role as Tammy on Madea’s Big Happy Family (2001).

She leaves behind three children Sereno, Summer and Sasha and her husband, Leonard Reid.

Just a day before her passing, Desselle-Reid uploaded a picture with an inspirational message on Instagram. The image reads, “Sunday is the perfect day to refuel your soul and to be grateful for every one of your blessings.”

She added the caption, “Remember, you are blessed! Refuel your Soul.”

Death by Colon Cancer

The close source of the family confirmed that Natalie Desselle-Reid was privately battling with colon cancer before she died on Monday, 7th December 2020.

She is the second Black actor who died of colorectal cancer this year.

In August, the 53-year-old also mourned the death of Chadwick Boseman, a Black Panther actor who died in the same way after battling colon cancer.

She uploaded a picture of the late actor with a caption, reading, “He will never be forgotten! Chadwick Boseman Rest in Peace Black King Heaven Forever!!!”

It is estimated that about 53,000 Americans had died of colorectal cancer this year, among which 28,630 were men and 24,670 were women. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States for men and women combined.


After hearing the news of Natalie Desselle’s untimely passing, Eve took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late actress.

“Can’t believe it. Rest in Peace Natalie Desselle-Reid thank you for your light and spirit. Prayers, peace and blessings. Please pray for her family,” The talk co-host captioned an Instagram post of Desselle smiling.

The two actresses worked together in Meg Deloatch’s UPN sitcom Eve from 2003 to 2006.

Holly Robinson was also among those to pay tribute to the actress.

“I got to know her when my mom was managing her. She will be so missed…. Sending out prayers to her children and husband,” Peete wrote.

Halle Berry, an actress, who starred in B.A.P.S alongside Desselle also mourned the death of the actress. She said that the death of her fellow actor left her “completely heartbroken.”

“I’m in total shock,” Berry captioned an Instagram video of the two embracing onsets of the movie. “Completely heartbroken. Gonna need a minute. #RIP”

Just four days before the actress’s death, Berry uploaded a throwback Instagram video of the duo in character while shopping on Rodeo Drive. A user commented on the video, “You do know there is a whole generation of us that are obsessed with this movie,” to which Berry replied, “I do and I love you all for that. This film is very dear to my heart.”

The CEO of Je’Caryous entertainment, Je’Caryous Johnson who was planning a stage adaption of “B.AP.S” said that Reid was interested in reprising her role as Mickey in the film remake.

He said that everyone admired Reid’s “undeniably witty, always giving and caring and hilariously show-stopping personality,” Johnson said in a statement, highlighting the actor’s dedicated approach to her work. “There will never be another woman like her who so effortlessly lit up the screen, as well as any room she walked into.”

Desselle Reid also appeared in movies like “Set It Off” and “How to Be a Player.”

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Updated December 8, 2020
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