‘Moesha’ ‘The Parkers’ star Yvette Wilson dead at 48

By Jim Donahue

Actress Yvette Wilson lost her brave battle with cervical cancer and kidney disease on Thursday, June 15, 2012. She was 48. She was best known for her portrayal of Andell Wilkerson on the 1990s sitcom Moesha and its spinoff The Parkers.

Other credits include House Party 2, House Party 3, Friday, and Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam.

“Unfortunately I can verify Yvette’s passing yesterday. She was a good friend, a talented actress and a very funny lady, both onscreen and off,” confirmed close friend Jeffrey Pittle. “She will be sorely missed, but I’m sure her talent and humor will live on in her legion of fans. It’s a small comfort knowing we can still experience Yvette through the work she left behind.”

“I met Yvette through work, and her spark of creativity was unmatched,” added Pittle, who previously had launched a website on GiveForward.com on Wilson’s behalf, which raised more than $13,000 in donations to help cover the costs of her treatment. “Our experiences with cancers gave us a special bond, and I am proud to have been able to lend her support emotionally, as well as financially through the fundraiser I held. I only wish I could have done more.”

Former co-star Shar Jackson tweeted on Thursday, “I wanna thank all my tweeties for their prayers but god has chosen to take my sister Yvette home.”

Numerous celebrities also tweeted about her death on Twitter.


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