Actress Natalie Desselle Reid, known by many for her roles in ‘Set It Off’ and ‘B*A*P*S,’ has passed away.
She was 53 years old.
Friend and fellow actress Holly Robinson-Peete took to social media to share the sad news.
“Just absolutely decimated by this news… Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning. I got to know her when my mom was managing her. She will be so missed…sending out prayers to her children and husband,” Holly wrote.
Her cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Update: According to a family member, Natalie died after a battle with colon cancer. She was diagnosed earlier this year. At the time of her passing, she was in hospice care was surrounded by family when she went.
As news of Natalie’s passing has began to circulate, friends and fans have taken to social media to offer their condolences:
i was way too young to be watching how to be a player religiously but natalie desselle absolutely owned her role and had such comedic timing with everything. glad she got her flowers when we realized b.a.p.s was a cult classic. #rip
— Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) December 7, 2020
Oh no, not Natalie Deselle. She was one of the first Black women I can remember seeing in movies who looked like me. Though she was billed as the costar for BAPS and How To Be a Player, she was the absolute gamechanger. My goodness, what a loss for our culture. RIP to an icon.
— Evette Dionne (@freeblackgirl) December 7, 2020
Natalie Desselle was legit the highlight of Cinderella for me! I still randomly sing Stepsisters Lament, especially her parts.
— Jasmine Styles (@JasmineStylesTV) December 7, 2020
I literally went and found Natalie’s IG after Halle posted this because she was AMAZING in everything she was in and wanted to know what she’s been working on. RIP Natalie Desselle. ? https://t.co/0HlGMUHT8y
— Bitch Devereaux (@seanii_love) December 7, 2020
— Reformed Gemini ? (@the_mcguire) December 7, 2020