Veteran actress Suzzanne Douglas, who appeared in a number of hit movies, as was as being known for her role as matriarch Jerri Peterson on The WB sitcom The Parent ‘Hood from 1995–1999, has passed away at age 64. The cause of death hasn’t been disclosed at this time.
“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.”
The “When They See Us” star’s cause of death has not been confirmed, but Douglas revealed in January that “two life-threatening cancers” had changed her life.
“Don’t let poor health interrupt your purpose,” she posted on Facebook at the time. “God’s mission and plan for our lives takes our being committed to our mind, body and soul.”
Her passing was confirmed by her family Tuesday night.
“Suzzanne Douglas a beautiful and talented actress made her transition today,” her cousin Angie Tee posted to Facebook. “She warmed our hearts on movie screens and television sets all over the world. This beautiful soul was my cousin.”
Douglas was born in Chicago and raised in public housing, along with three siblings, by her single mother, Essence reported. She developed a passion for the arts at a young age, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, as well as a master’s in music from the Manhattan School of Music.
She appeared on Broadway — in “Into the Woods,” “Threepenny Opera” and “The Tap Dance Kid” — throughout the 1980s before segueing into films and television full time.
Tee continued in her tribute, “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.,” Tee said in her emotional social media homage.
“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