Natalie Desselle Reid, who starred in the the film B.A.P.S. and in the sitcom Eve, died Monday from colon cancer. She was 53.
The Alexandria, Louisiana, native’s death was confirmed by Je’Caryous Johnson, CEO of Je’Caryous Entertainment, which had been planning a stage adaption of “B.A.P.S.”
“It is with great sadness and heavy, heavy hearts that Je’Caryous Johnson and the entire Je’Caryous Entertainment family mourns the passing of one of our own, our sweet, unforgettable actress/comedian Natalie Desselle Reid while rehearsing in February and March this year,” Johnson said in a statement on a GoFundMe account that is raising money for her tribute.
“During rehearsals, in February and March of this year, as we prepared to kick off and tour the stage adaptation of the classic film, B.A.P.S., Natalie was excited and ready to bring her iconic role as “Mickey” back to audiences across the country. Immediately upon meeting and working with her, we fell in love with her undeniably witty, always giving and caring and hilariously show-stopping personality.”
Natalie also starred in the films Def Jam’s How to Be a Player and Madea’s Big Happy Family, her TV resume includes, Cinderella with Whitney Houston and Brandy and For Your Love.
Natalie’s cause of death was colon cancer, which she had been secretly fighting since earlier this year, according to TMZ.
Natalie leaves behind her husband Leonard Reid and their three children.