15 Rare Photos Of The Incredible Della Reese 

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On Monday, the world lost a gem with the passing of Della Reese. 

The singer and actress — most known for her role on Touched by an Angel — had a career that spanned over five decades. As the young protégé of Mahalia Jackson, Reese (born Delloreese Patricia Early), was a dynamic multi-talented artist that did everything from guest host The Tonight Show to crack jokes with comedians Richard Pryor and Red Foxx.

Below, see rare photos of Reese on stage and in her element as we remember and honor her legacy.