Yvette Wilson of ‘Moesha’ and ‘The Parkers’ dies at age 48

Actress Yvette Wilson, the stand-up comedian and actress best known for her roles on the sitcom “Moesha” and its spinoff, “The Parkers,” died Thursday at age 48 after a battle with cervical cancer.

Wilson’s friend Jeffrey Pittle, who organized a fund to help with her medical bills, confirmed her death to The Times. “She was a fighter to the end, and her talent, humor and amazing friendship will be sorely missed,” he wrote on the fund’s website. “She will live on through her awesome body of work.”

Wilson’s friends and former co-stars remembered her on Twitter. Shar Jackson, who also appeared on “Moesha,” wrote Thursday: “I wanna thank all my tweeties for their prayers but god has chosen to take my sister Yvette home...”

Jamie Foxx wrote: “God bless u Yvette wilson. Tears in my eyes. Keep God laughing.”


After a start in stand-up comedy, Wilson’s first acting roles came in the 1993 ABC sitcom “Thea” and in the films “House Party 3,” “Friday” and “Poetic Justice.”

She appeared with R&B singer Brandy on “Moesha,” a 1996 UPN sitcom, for five seasons before leaving to star in “The Parkers,” where she worked for an another five seasons.

She also made appearances on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.”


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