Della Reese was an American actor and singer who started her career in the late 1950s as a successful Jazz singer, best known for her 1959 hit single "Don't You Know".
Later in her career, she became a successful actress, best known for her role as Tess on the television show Touched by an Angel, from 1994-2003.
She was also an ordained minister in the Understanding Principles for Better Living Church in Los Angeles, California.
Reese died on 19 November, 2017, at her Los Angeles, California, home at the age of 86. No cause was given, although she had suffered from Type 2-diabetes.