Comedian and actress Yvette Wilson, best known for her character Andell Wilkerson on Moesha and its spinoff The Parkers, has lost her battle with cervical cancer. Wilson, who was also in need of a kidney transplant, was only 48 when she died yesterday.
Starring in well over 200 episodes of the two aforementioned UPN shows from 1996 to 2004, Wilson began her career as a stand-up comedian, eventually making high-profile appearances on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. But her big break in television occurred when she was cast on Thea, an ABC sitcom centered around comedian Thea Vidale that premiered in 1993. Wilson also appeared in fan favorite comedy films like House Party 2, House Party 3 and the cult classic, Friday.
In the last few months of her life, a site was created in order to collect funds for her rapidly-increasing medical bills. “Yvette has experienced kidney failure, kidney transplants and cervical cancer, among other things. Her cancer has come back after an extended retreat, and doctors are saying it’s very aggressive this time out,” the page reads. Nearly $14,000 had been raised.
Our thoughts go out to Yvette’s family and friends.