'Touched By An Angel' actress and singer Della Reese dead at 86

  • Actress and singer Della Reese has died at the age of 86. She died at her California home yesterday.

  • Reese is best known for her role as the angel Tess on the hit CBS series Touched By An Angel, of which she also sang the theme song. With her passing, the only surviving cast member left is Valerie Bertinelli, as actor John Dye passed away several years ago, and Roma Downey's career died.

  • An accomplished jazz singer, Reese started out singing gospel trained by Mahalia Jackson, before becoming a born-again Christian. She was the first African-American woman to host a talk show, surpassing Oprah by 15 years.