Yvette Wilson and the cast of 'Moesha'. Photo courtesy: USA Today
Sad news: Comedian Yvette Wilson, who had been fighting stage 4 cervical cancer and kidney disease, died Thursday, according to several reports. She was 48.
Wilson was best known for her role on the UPN shows Moesha and its spinoff, The Parkers. Her Moesha co-star Shar Jackson acknowledged her death in a tweet last night:
"I wanna thank all my tweeties for their prayers but god has chosen to take my sister Yvette home.. ... "
Update, 1:35 p.m. ET:
A friend of Wilson's who helped spearhead a fundraising site for her confirms the news:
"It is with a heavy heart that I can verify that Yvette passed away last evening after a lengthy and hard battle. She was a fighter to the end, and her talent, humor and amazing friendship will be sorely missed. She will live on through her awesome body of work. I would ask that you continue to donate on this page to support her family in this trying and sad time. Thank you SO much for your support and love for Yvette - she knew it, read your comments and it lifted her up. Again, thank you - Jeffrey Pittle"
Meanwhile, other celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their condolences:
"God bless u Yvette wilson. Tears in my eyes. Keep God laughing" -- Jamie Foxx
R.I.P Yvette Wilson (Andell From The Parkers). She recently lost her battle with cancer. Life is short, so cherish yours.
"R.I.P Yvette Wilson (Andell From The Parkers). She recently lost her battle with cancer. Life is short, so cherish yours." -- Lauryn Hill