Actress Natalie Desselle Reid has died at the age of 53 after a private battle with colon cancer.

The family of the actress confirmed the news with an official statement to TMZ that read, “It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning. She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife.”

Reid became a household name in the 90’s, starring alongside Halle Berry in the movie B.A.P.S. (Black American Princesses), directed by Robert Townsend.

She later went on to receive universal recognition playing an “evil stepsister” in the ABC made-for-TV version of Cinderella, starring Whitney Houston and Brandy.

She also had a lead role in the sitcom, Eve, and most recently starred in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family.

Celebrities have taken to social media to share their love for the comedic actress.

Berry tweeted, “I’m in total shock… completely heartbroken. gonna need a minute. #RIP @NatalieDesselle

Rapper Bow Wow tweeted, “Sending my love and condolences out to Natalie Desselle family. Had the pleasure of working with her on Tyler Perrys “Madea Big Happy Family” sending my love.”

Our prayers go out to her family and loved ones.