Yvette Wilson of ‘Moesha,’ ‘The Parkers’ dies

Posted at 6:05 PM, Jun 16, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-16 18:05:18-04

By Breeanna Hare, CNN

(CNN) – Actress Yvette Wilson, who had been battling cervical cancer, has died at the age of 48, CNN’s confirmed.

A friend of Wilson’s tells CNN that she passed away on Thursday around 7 p.m.

Wilson was perhaps best known for portraying Andell Wilkerson on the ’90s sitcom “Moesha,” on which she starred alongside singer Brandy in the titular role. She also played Andell on the “Moesha” spin-off “The Parkers,” which also starred Oscar winner Mo’Nique and aired from 1999 to 2004.

Wilson’s “Moesha” co-star Shar Jackson, who’s also appeared on reality shows “Ex Wives Club” and “Celebrity Fit Club,” mourned the loss of Wilson on Twitter Thursday.

“Oh God. My heart is soooo unbelievably broken,” she posted. “I wanna thank all my tweeties for their prayers but God has chosen to take my sister Yvette home.”

“Moesha” star Brandy and her brother Ray J, who also appeared on the series, shared their condolences as well.

“Yvette Wilson was one of the most genuine and funny people I’ve ever met,” Ray J said in a statement. “The advice she gave me as a young actor to work hard and to believe in myself was very instrumental. She will truly be missed.”

Added Brandy via her Twitter account on Friday, “So saddened by the loss of Yvette Wilson. She was such a beautiful spirit. May she rest in peace.”

CNN’s KJ Matthews and Mara Raphael contributed to this report.