Yvette Wilson of 'Moesha,' 'The Parkers' dies at 48 after cancer battle
Yvette Wilson, who played Andell Wilkerson alongside Brandy in the 1990s comedy series "Moesha," has died at age 48 after battling cervical cancer.
The actress passed away on Thursday, June 14, around 7 p.m., according to her friend, Southern California resident Jeffrey Pittle.
Pittle, a cancer survivor, had helped set up a fundraising website called the "Yvette Wilson Cancer Sucks Fund" to raise donations to cover some of the actress' medical bills. The goal was to raise $25,000, but $13,599 was received.
The website stated that Wilson had "experienced kidney failure, kidney transplants and cervical cancer" and that her latter disease had "come back after an extended retreat, and doctors are saying it's very aggressive this time out."
"It is with a heavy heart that I can verify that Yvette passed away last evening after a lengthy and hard battle," he wrote on Friday. "She was a fighter to the end, and her talent, humor and amazing friendship will be sorely missed. She will live on through her awesome body of work."
"I would ask that you continue to donate on this page to support her family in this trying and sad time," he added. "Thank you SO much for your support and love for Yvette - she knew it, read your comments and it lifted her up. Again, thank you."
"Moesha" aired between 1996 and 2000. Brandy played the title character, Moesha Mitchell, a teenage girl who lives in the suburbs with her father and stepmother. Wilson's character was Moesha's close confidant and owner of the popular hangout, The Den.
"She called me up and said, 'I know you haven't been working. I just want you to be down. If I'm getting ready to blow up, I'm gonna try and drag ya'll along,'" Wilson told The Dallas Morning News about Brandy, in a May 1996 interview.
Wilson starred on the show for the first five out of the six seasons it aired and reprised her role on a spin-off, "The Parkers," which starred Oscar winner Mo'Nique and ran between 1999 and 2004. Wilson quit acting about a year later. During her time as a standup comic, she performed in clubs around the United States and appeared on Russell Simmons' "Def Comedy Jam" on HBO."Even if we had a tough show she never ever missed an oppurtunity to hug the kids and talk to them and spend time with them," the actor told OnTheRedCarpet.com, regarding the TV studio audience members who watched their tapings. "She was a tremendous giver. She worked harder than anybody."
Young had directed Wilson on a couple of episodes of "The Parkers.""She was as giving and gracious as she was when I was working with her [as an actor] on "Moesha," he said. "I required certain things of her as a director and she gave it, asking, 'Wade, do you need anything else?' She was always willing to give more.
The actress was also mourned by several other former TV co-stars, including Shar Jackson, who played her friend, Marcus Paulk, who played her little brother and Thea Vidale, who co-starred with Wilson on "Thea."
(Pictured above: Clockwise from left: Shar Jackson, William Allen Young, Brandy, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lamont Bentley, Yvette Wilson and Marcus Paulk. Bentley died in 2005 in a car crash. He was 31. / Right: Yvette Wilson appears in a photo posted on Jeffrey Pittle's 'Yvette Wilson Cancer Sucks Fund' website in June 2012.)