Celebrity deaths in 2014 - In Memoriam (Photos)

Slideshow posted in Photos | Wednesday, March 13, 2013

150 of 192: Yvette Wilson, who played Andell Wilkerson alongside Brandy in the 1990s comedy series 'Moesha,' died at age 48 after battling cervical cancer on June 14, 2012.

The actress passed away 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," Pittle 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.'

'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.

Wilson began her on-screen career in the early 1990s. She appeared on two episodes of the sketch comedy series 'In Living Color' and starred in the 1993 movie 'Poetic Justice,' which featured Janet Jackson and rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot dead in 1996. Wilson also starred in films such as 'House Party 3,' 'Friday' with Ice Cube and 'Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.'

Wilson and Brandy worked together before they filmed 'Moesha.' They both appeared in the comedy series 'Thea,' which aired between 1993 and 1994 and marked Wilson's big TV break.

(Pictured: Left: 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.) (Big Ticket Television / giveforward.com/supportyvettewilson)

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