Veteran American actress, Suzzanne Douglas, known for her leading role in the Robert Townsend sitcom The Parent ‘Hood has passed away at the age of 64.
Angie Tee, reported to be a cousin of the late actress, broke the news of Douglas’ death on Facebook July 6.
In her post she wrote:
“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.
“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. 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 live on forever Rest in Paradise my beautiful cousin Suzzane you will be missed RIP.”
Roland Martin also confirmed the report by sharing the news on his official Instagram account.
Douglas was born in Chicago and raised in public housing on the city’s south side by her single mother along with her three siblings.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University before later earning a Master in Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.