Sad news to start our Friday: Comedian and actress Yvette Wilson, who played Andell Wilkerson on Moesha and its spin-off The Parkers, lost her battle with cervical cancer last night. Her Moesha co-star Shar Jackson posted the news to Twitter late on Thursday, “I wanna thank all my tweeties for their prayers but god has chosen to take my sister Yvette home.”
A site set up to raise money for her treatment described Wilson’s condition earlier this month, “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.” After hearing of Yvette’s passing Nicki Minaj tweeted her frustrations about healthcare directly to President Obama. “I just don’t understand why people have to worry about their “medical bills” while they’re on their DEATH BEDS Mr. President,” Nicki tweeted. “I wouldn’t mind the millions they took if it were going to health care. Why should a poor person struggle to pay for MEDS sir?”
But now we’d like to focus on the happier memories. Here is a clip of Yvette (who also appeared in Friday and House Party 2 and 3) doing a hilarious, not-quite-safe-for-work standup bit on Def Comedy Jam.
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