Suzzanne Douglas, the actress best recognized for work on the long-running Warner Bros. sitcom The Parent ‘Hood, has died. She was 64.
In a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter, Douglas’ rep said: “The industry has lost a truly talented artist with the passing of Suzzanne Douglas. She touched everyone who knew her and was lovely in every sense of the word. The family appreciates your support and asks for their privacy during this difficult time.”
Details of her death were not provided.
Douglas played matriarch Jerri Peterson on the The Parent ‘Hood, which also starred Robert Townsend and ran for five seasons (1995-99).
Townsend remembered Douglas on his Twitter account: “My heart is full, because yesterday I lost, my amazing dancing partner on TV for 5 years Suzanne Douglas. We did “Work” on THE PARENT ’HOOD.I just remember a lot of laughter and a lot of tears… her regal bright light will be missed.”
Her other television credits included appearances on Bones, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NYPD Blue, Touched by an Angel, I’ll Fly Away and The Parkers. She recently starred as Grace Cuffee on Ava DuVernay’s limited Netflix series, When They See Us.
DuVernay took to Twitter to pay tribute to the actress, whom she described as a “quiet, elegant force.” “A gentlewoman. A gem of a lady. A confident, caring actor who breathed life into the words and made them shimmer. I’m grateful that our paths in this life crossed. May she journey on in peace and love,” she tweeted.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Lexy Perez