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It’s with an extremely heavy heart that I report actress Suzzanne Douglas has passed away.

A family member took to Facebook on Tuesday (July 6) to share the heartbreaking news. 

Suzzanne Douglas a beautiful and talented actress made her transition today. She warmed our hearts on movie screens and television sets all over the world. This beautiful soul was my cousin.   I can remember growing up, there weren’t very many black actresses who had starring roles but there was my cousin with the lead role in “Tap” starring alongside great dancers such as Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr.   She also performed with Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” The Inkwell, Jason’s Lyric and so much more the list goes on.   The world will miss your talent but your soul will live on forever Rest in Paradise my beautiful cousin Suzzane you will be missed RIP????

Personally, I came to know and love Suzzanne during my childhood as one of my favorite TV moms on “The Parent ‘Hood.”

Most recently, she gave a beautiful performance in Ava DuVernay‘s limited series, “When They See Us.”

Ava took to social media to remember Suzzanne as a “gem.”

Suzzanne Douglas was a quiet, elegant force as we made WHEN THEY SEE US. 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.

See Ava’s original post below.


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Suzzanne Douglas was 64 at the time of her heavenly transition.

Her cause of death has not been disclosed, however, in January, Suzzanne mentioned her life was changed by two life-threatening cancers.

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I extend my love, prayers, and sincerest condolences to her family, friends, and all who loved her. May she rest in paradise.