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Natalie Desselle-Reid, who starred in films including B*A*P*S, and the UPN TV series, Eve, has died from colon cancer. She was 53.

Reid was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. She died in hospice care, surrounded by family, according to TMZ.

Her death was confirmed by actress Holly Robinson Peete, who announced that Reid died Monday morning from colon cancer. No further details were given.

"Just absolutely decimated by this news... Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning," Holly Robinson Peete wrote on Twitter. "I got to know her when my mom was managing her. She will be so missed... sending out prayers to her children and husband. Rest In Peace, Sweet Girl."

Desselle-Reid was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. She starred in many films, including Madea's Big Happy Family, and guest starred in Family Matters. She is best known for her role as Mickey in B*A*P*S with Halle Berry.

She also had a bit role as Tanika in the all-female bank heist film Set It Off (1996).

Desselle-Reid is survived by her husband, Leonard, and three children.

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Lupita Nyong'o paid tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman days after she and fellow 'Black Panther' co-stars attended his memorial.

Boseman, 43, died of stage 4 colon cancer late last month.

He received cancer treatment while filming Black Panther. Boseman's mother said he concealed his cancer diagnosis from friends and fans because he didn't want anyone fussing over him.

Nyong'o, 37, said Boseman's passing has been a "gut punch every morning."

The '12 Years a Slave' Oscar winner said Boseman's "immortal energy" will never die.

"I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess an immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly where they are supposed to always be—here! That seem ageless," she wrote on social media. "Chadwick was one of those people."

Nyong'o said Boseman had a "profound effect" on her and his "higher frequency" resonated on the set of the Marvel film.

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"I remember being struck by his quiet, powerful presence. He had no airs about him, but there was a higher frequency that he seemed to operate from."

She concluded by asking others not to waste time and to cherish every moment on earth.

"Chadwick's death is something that I can neither take in nor take in my stride right now," she wrote. “Perhaps with time. I'm going to take my time and in his honor, I promise not to waste my time. I hope you will do the same."

Early warning signs of colon cancer include:

  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Constipation
  • Feeling of incomplete bowel movement
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Low-grade fever (under 101.5)
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Blood in stool
  • Pencil thin stools

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    Chadwick Boseman has passed away following a 4-year battle with cancer, his team announced on social media.

    Boseman, 43, died at his home surrounding by family, PEOPLE reports.

    "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman," the Instagram post read. "Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV."

    "A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy."

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    The actor was best known for his portrayal of a Black superhero in Marvel Studio's Black Panther (2018).

    Boseman is also known for his portrayals of real-life historical figures such as Jackie Robinson in "42", James Brown in "Get on Up" and Thurgood Marshall in "Marshall."


    Boseman was last seen in public entering a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. in July. He was accompanied by his fiancée, Taylor Simone.

    He was hospitalized weeks after fans expressed concern over his skeletal appearance. His drastic weight loss was explained away as weight loss for a movie role.

    In 2018, Boseman became emotional when discussing his visit with two young fans who died of cancer before Black Panther was released.

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    "Throughout our filming, I was communicating with them, knowing they were both terminal. What they and their parents said to me was, they were trying to hold on 'til this movie comes," he said during an EW SiriusXM Town Hall.

    "To a certain degree it's a humbling experience because you're like, this can't mean that much to them," he said. "But seeing how the world has taken this on, I realize they anticipated something great. Thinking back now to when I was a kid, waiting for Christmas to come, waiting for my birthday to come, waiting for a toy I was gonna get a chance to experience, or a video game, I did live life waiting for those moments. It put me back in the mind of being a kid and feeling those two boys' anticipation of this movie."