August 5, 2021

B.A.P.S.’ star Natalie Desselle-Reid dies of cancer at 53; Halle Berry ‘heartbroken’

Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid, who’s best known for playing Halle Berry’s stylish sidekick in the 1997 cult classic “B.A.P.S.,” has died from colon cancer. She was 53.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning from colon cancer,” reads a statement on Desselle-Reid’s Instagram account. “She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife.”

The statement added that Desselle-Reid’s “diverse career touched so many and she will be loved forever.”

Desselle-Reid is best known for playing Mickey opposite Berry’s Nisi in “B.A.P.S.,” a comedy that follows a pair of aspiring female entrepreneurs’ unlikely journey to opening a joint soul food restaurant and hair salon in Los Angeles. They soon live the lives of “Black American Princesses” after caring for a Beverly Hills millionaire.

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