Hollywood actor Halle Berry led a tribute through her verified Instagram account to her ‘B.A.P.S‘ co-star Natalie Desselle-Reid, who passed away on December 7, due to colon cancer.
On Monday afternoon, it was announced that Desselle-Reid, best known for her portrayal of ‘Minerva’ in the 1997 ‘Cinderella‘ film, died after years of battle with cancer by the actor’s family. Once the devastating news spread, a great number of notable names in the celebs world took their social media account to send their condolences to the family of the star.
One of them, Halle Berry went to Instagram on December 8 and posted a series of photos of Desselle-Reid, several of which show the two stars together. Alongside the photos, Berry wrote that she is still in kind of shock with the news and tries to remember all the details regarding the late actor by reading the comments by her fans.
Then the actor addressed Robert Townsend, who is the director of the film ‘B.A.P.S,’ also known as ‘Black American Princesses’ thanked him for giving her the opportunity to play against Natalie Desselle-Reid and facilitating their “divine connection by uniting” them. Bella, who described the roles in the film as so critically important that impact the culture for the next generations, continued by paying tribute to her friend:
“Natalie was one of the most precious people I’ve ever known. The second I met her our hearts were intertwined – we had a connection that was simply unexplainable, and she stayed her same sweet self all the years I knew her.”
Bella stated that the late actor, who passed away at the age of 53, was an inspiring, funny person, spreading good vibes to everybody around her. According to the actor, Reid taught them to be “goofy and funny while still being sincere and extraordinarily kind.”
The ‘Gothica’ star, saying that her heart is totally broken, stated that Natalie is one of the best representations of Black women on the big screen.
“Natalie represented actual black women, not what black women are perceived to be. For that she was often underrated, passed over – deprived of the platform she truly deserved. But her light continues to shine through the people who grew up watching her, the people who knew her best and those of us who loved her.”
See below to view the mentioned Instagram post.