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Veteran Actress Carol Sutton Known for 'Queen Sugar' Role Dies of COVID-19 — See the Tributes

Stephen Thompson
Dec 14, 2020
09:26 A.M.
Following the news of the death of theatre and film actress Carol Sutton, tributes have been flooding social media as her fellow actors, actresses, and other admirers remember the late actress's incredible life and work.

On December 10, theatre and film actress Carol Sutton passed away after battling COVID-19. As the news spread, her fans and fellow celebrities took to social media with tributes and kind words.

LaToya Cantrell, the mayor of New Orleans where Sutton was born, wrote on Instagram: "Carol Sutton was practically the Queen of New Orleans theater, having graced the stages across the city for decades."

A photo of Carol Sutton who recently passed away from complications of COVID-19 | Photo: Youtube/ StarsNews

A photo of Carol Sutton who recently passed away from complications of COVID-19 | Photo: Youtube/ StarsNews

The mayor listed some of Sutton's works and performances in movies and television but added that those in New Orleans would always remember her commanding stage presence.

Also, Cantrell added that the way she portrayed her characters and brought them to life so richly and her kind heart will never be forgotten. Actor Wendell Pierce also shared a photo of Sutton and tweeted his tribute to her.


He described the admirable woman as a legend in theatre & film from New Orleans. He shared that she had over 100 film and television credits along with a lifelong presence in the theatre community.


Pierce continued, adding that the late Sutton was a mentor to many of his fellow actors. He wrote that her work built a career at par with Maggie Smith by example. He signed off with a solemn rest in peace.

The actress behind Disney's princess Tiana's voice, Anika Noni Rose, also took to Twitter to express her grief. She shed a great photo of the late actress and penned a heartfelt "rest in peace." Rose also wrote that she loved Sutton very much and would miss her.


Meanwhile, actor Stan Shaw joined the floods of Twitter tributes to Sutton too. He wrote that the late star was an extremely beautiful and talented actress who had a golden heart.

He also revealed that she played the role of his mother in the 2019 Christmas movie "Greyson Family Christmas." and that his heart was broken.

Shaw warned his followers that COVID-19 is deadly and real. He also advised them to love the people that God has given them as they never know when he may take them back.


Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who executive-produced the television series, "Queen Sugar," penned her own touching tribute on Instagram.

The 48-year-old shared an excerpt from an episode of the series in which Sutton appeared. Fans marveled at how wonderful and talented she truly was.

Sutton passed away on December 10 due to coronavirus. She had reportedly been in the hospital for several days at the Touro Infirmary. The actress was 76 years old at the time of her death.

After almost five decades of revolutionizing the theatre and film industry, Carol Sutton has left an unforgettable legacy behind her. One that will be cherished for many years to come.

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