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Suzzanne Douglas, The Parent ‘Hood actress, dies at 64

Suzzanne Douglas, The Parent 'Hood actress, dies at 64

Actress Suzzanne Douglas has died at age 64. The cause of death hasn’t been disclosed at this time.

News that the actress, who was best known for her role as matriarch Jerri Peterson on The WB sitcom The Parent ‘Hood from 1995 to 1999, had passed away was confirmed by her representatives on Wednesday.

“The industry has lost a truly talented artist with the passing of Suzzanne Douglas,” her reps told EW in a statement. “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.”

The news of her death was also shared by both a cousin and friend of Douglas’ on Tuesday.

“I got to stand beside greatness,” wrote friend Stephanie Perry Moore, a writer and TV producer, on Facebook. “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.”

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A cousin of Douglas’ named Angie Tee also shared her heartfelt sentiments on Facebook.

“A beautiful and talented actress made her transition today,” she wrote. “She warmed our hearts on movie screens and television sets all over the world. This beautiful soul was my cousin… 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.”

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Douglas also enjoyed roles in movies such as Tap, Jason’s Lyric, and Stella Got Her Groove Back. Most recently, the actress played Grace Cuffee in Netflix’s, When They See Us.

“Suzzanne Douglas was a quiet, elegant force as we made WHEN THEY SEE US,” wrote showrunner Ava DuVernay on Twitter. “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.”

Other celebrities also posted condolences, including Robert Townsend who played Douglas’ husband on The Parent ‘Hood.

The late actress is survived by her neuro-radiologist husband of 32 years, Roy Jonathan Cobb, and their daughter, Jordan.

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