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Actress-comedian Yvette (Andell) Wilson dead at 48

OW Staff | 6/14/2012, 5 p.m.

Yvette Wilson, an actress known for her roles in the TV series "The Parkers" and "Moesha" died Thursday, June 14 after a long battle with stage-4 cervical cancer and chronic kidney problems. She was 48.

According to reports from news sources, Wilson was in need of funds to pay her mounting medical bills to help fight her cancer, and in need of a second kidney transplant.

Close friend Jeffrey Pittle, who was the first to verify the comedian's passing, launched a website on GiveForward.com on Wilson's behalf which had raised more than $13,000 in donations to help cover the costs of her treatment, at the time of her death.

Wilson first portrayed her Andell character in 1996 on UPN's "Moesha," a series that starred the singer Brandy. From 1999 to 2004 Wilson brought Andell to the spinoff show "The Parkers," alongside Countess Vaughn, who played Kimberly Ann Parker, and the actress-comedian Mo'Nique, who played Nikki Parker.

Wilson, who started as a stand-up comedian, is also known for roles in the movies "House Party 2" (1991), "House Party 3" (1994) and "Friday" (1995).