Suzzanne Douglas, a veteran actress who dedicated her life to the stage and screen, has died at the age of sixty-four.
Her cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but the When They See Us actress revealed back in January that she had "2 life-threatening cancers" that changed her life.
"Don't let poor health interrupt your purpose," she wrote on Facebook at the time. "God's mission and plan for our lives take our being committed to our mind, body, and soul."
Her family confirmed her death on Tuesday night...
"Suzzanne Douglas a beautiful and talented actress made her transition today," her cousin Angie Tee posted on Facebook. "She warmed our hearts on movie screens and television sets all over the world. This beautiful soul was my cousin."
According to Essence, Douglas was raised in public housing by her single mother along with 3 other siblings. Growing up, she discovered her passion for the arts, which drove her to earn a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University, and even complete a master's in music from the Manhattan School of Music.
She took to the stage on Broadway throughout the 1980s, appearing in, Into the Woods, Threepenny Opera, and The Tap Dance Kid, before taking to television and movies full time.
Tee continued her tribute, writing: "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"
Douglas was best-known for her character Jerri Peterson on the WB sitcom The Parent Hood, in which she worked alongside Robert Townsend, sixty-four, from 1995–1999.
She earned an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for 1989's Tap, going on to star in a long list of films including 2003 hit School of Rock.
In 2015, she played Cissy Houston in a Whitney Houston biopic directed by her fellow co-star Angela Basset, on the Lifetime network.
She also frequently worked on multiple well-known TV series, including; Bull, Bones, The Good Wife, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, NYPD Blue, and lots more.
She most recently appeared in the miniseries When They See Us on Netflix, which earned 2 Emmy awards.
Her friend Stephanie Perry Moore, a writer and TV producer, also paid homage on Facebook, writing: "I got to stand beside greatness. Suzanne Douglas Cobb, I love you, dear lady. Thanks for always checking on me and for showing me elegance and grace walking. I've got a heavy heart, but I'm blessed to be a part of the legacy you touched. I am better because I knew you. Heaven is richer."
Rest in Peace, Suzzanne.