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December 08, 2020

Halle Berry Pens Heart-Wrenching Posts as She Mourns 'BAPS' Co-star Natalie Desselle's Death

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"Catwoman" star Halle Berry expressed grief after actress Natalie Dessel Reid, her "B.A.P.S." co-star, passed away on December 7 following a battle with colon cancer. Reid was 53. 

Natalie Dessel-Reid, who was Halle Berry’s fashionable sidekick Mickey in the 1997 film "B.A.P.S.," recently died due to colon cancer. Berry took to Instagram to express her sadness. She wrote:

"i’m in total shock. completely heartbroken. gonna need a minute. #RIP @nataliedessellereid"

Halle Berry arrives at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

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REMEMBERING HER DEAR FRIEND

Along with her caption, 54-year-old Berry shared a short clip from their movie "B.A.P.S." which showed her and Reid happily hugging each other. Reid looked joyful in the video.

Reid’s family earlier released a statement through the late actress’s Instagram account and revealed that the actress died on the morning of December 7.

The statement added that she was a "bright light in this world" and her diverse career touched many hearts. The family asked the people to respect their privacy during this difficult time. 

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Many fans and Hollywood personalities extended their condolences to Berry, who is still processing her dear friend's death. She also took to Twitter to post a throwback video of them together.

She honored Reid with a lengthy statement on Twitter, writing that Reid was one of the "most precious" people she had ever known and that she was a great loss to people around her.

Reid’s cause of death was the same as the late "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman's.

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HER IRREPLACEABLE TALENT

Je’Caryous Johnson, CEO of Je’Caryous Entertainment, who planned to have a stage adaptation of "B.A.P.S." also expressed sadness over Reid’s death. He had wanted to revive her character in their stage show.

Johnson noted the actress's dedication to acting. He added there will never be another woman like her who can effortlessly pull off funny scenes and exceptional acting on the screen.

Netflix’s TV executive Jasmyn Lawson stated that she had wanted Reid to host "Strong Black Legends" as she was one of the most requested guests. She also considered the late actress a legend.

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Reid’s cause of death was the same as the late "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman's. He died on August 28 after a private battle with colon cancer for several years.

Even after he was diagnosed with the condition in 2016, Boseman didn’t stop making movies in between such as "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Marshall," and "Da 5 Bloods.”

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Boseman's death was a shock to his acting colleagues and didn't know he suffered a serious condition. Though he was at the top of his career and had spent nearly two decades of acting, the actor lived a low-key life. 

ABC Entertainment and Marvel Studios earlier paid tribute to the late actor. They aired "Black Panther" on small television screens for avid fans last August 30.

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