B.A.P.S Star Natalie Desselle Reid Has Died

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Natalie Desselle Reid, known for her roles in B.A.P.S. and Madea’s Big Happy Family, has died at 53.

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A statement posted to Desselle Reid’s Instagram Monday afternoon revealed that the actress died after a battle with colon cancer, a diagnosis she received earlier this year that she kept private, according to TMZ.

The tabloid reports that she had been in hospice care at the time of her passing, but was surrounded by her family members.

Halle Berry, Eve, and other actors she starred opposite sent their prayers and love to Desselle Reid’s family.

She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife,” Monday’s Instagram post read.Her diverse career touched so many and she will be loved forever.”


Hello, who is this?

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Page Six tells me this is Matthew Perry’s fiancée, Molly Hurwitz, a 29-year-old literary manager to whom he got engaged last month. The two reportedly started dating since 2018, but this is the first time Hurwitz has made an appearance on Perry’s Instagram.

Hurwitz made her Insta debut modeling a new line of Friends merch Perry is selling to raise funds for the World Health Organization’s covid relief efforts. I feel that we’re now several universes away from Friends being a relevant cultural product (and not just because the pandemic has distorted time or whatever), but by all means!

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I made this same comment on The Root. Natalie’s death is very sad and I feel for her family. Remember folks, start getting checked at 50 or if you have any issues. Early detection is the key to survival.  I wish her family nothing but peace and happy memories.