Suzzanne Douglas has sadly passed away at the age of 64.
The When They See Us actress died on Tuesday, July 6, according to a family member’s Facebook. Douglas’ cousin, Angie Tee, announced the devastating news on her page.
“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,” the post read.
“I can remember growing up, there weren’t many black actresses who had starring roles but my cousin with the lead role in Tap alongside great dancers such as Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. She also performed with Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg on 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 Suzzanne you will be missed RIP,” the post concluded. The cause of Douglas’ death was not shared.
Journalist and host Roland Martin also tweeted the news, writing, “Sad news...actress @suzzannedouglas has passed away. Several of her family members confirm on Facebook that the longtime actress has passed away at the age of 64.”
Douglas began her lengthy acting career in the 1980s with an appearance on the soap opera Guiding Light. She went on to win an NAACP Image Award for her performance in drama film Tap, but Douglas was most popularly known for her role as Jerri Peterson on the WB series The Parent ‘Hood, which ran from 1995-1999.
Other projects that fans will recognize Douglas from include Jason’s Lyric and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
Recently, Douglas starred in the four-part Netflix limited series, When They See Us, and she also played Cissy Houston in the 2015 film Whitney.
Douglas is survived by husband and neuro-radiologist Roy Jonathan Cobb and their daughter Jordan Cobb.