(AP)—Yvette Wilson, a comedian and actress best known for her work on the popular 1990s sitcom “Moesha” and its equally popular spinoff, “The Parkers,” died June 14. She was 48.
The cause was cervical cancer, said her manager, Holly Carter.
Ms. Wilson, who lived in Los Angeles, where she was born in 1964, began her career as a stand-up comic. She was seen on the sketch show “In Living Color” and the sitcom “Thea” and in movies including “Friday,” “Poetic Justice” and “House Party III.” She achieved her greatest fame on “Moesha,” which starred the singer Brandy and ran on the UPN network from 1996 to 2001.
Wilson portrayed Andell Wilkerson, owner of the popular hangout the Den, on “Moesha.” She played the same role on “The Parkers,” which ran from 1999 to 2004. On that show, the story of a mother and daughter who attend college together, Andell was the best friend of the mother, Nikki Parker, played by the comedian and actress Mo’Nique.
In recent years Wilson had worked in real estate and managed a record label, Carter said.
She was reportedly in need of funds to pay her mounting medical bills to help fight her cancer, but she also was in need of a kidney transplant.
Her Moesha co-star, Shar Jackson, acknowledged her death via Twitter.
“I wanna thank all my tweeties for their prayers but god has chosen to take my sister Yvette home…,” Jackson tweeted.
(Information from Eurweb.com and the Afro American contributed to this report.)