Her friend Stephanie Perry Moore confirmed the news on Facebook, writing, “I got to stand beside greatness. Suzzanne Douglas Cobb, I love you, dear lady. Thanks for always checking on me and for showing me elegance and grace walking. I’ve got a heavy heart, but I’m blessed to be a part of the legacy you touched. I am better because I knew you. Heaven is richer.”
The actress also portrayed Amy Simms in the 1989 drama film Tap alongside late actors Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. Douglas received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for the role in the film.
Douglass also will be remembered for pivotal roles in films like The Inkwell, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Jason’s Lyric.
Tributes poured in from other celebrities and fans.
Jada Pinkett Smith, who acted alongside Douglas in The Inkwell and Jason’s Lyric, expressed her condolences for the late actress. “I woke up this morning to the news that Suzzanne Douglas has passed away,” Smith tweeted. “I worked with Suzzanne in the film Inkwell. She was an elegant, gentle warm spirit. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. May she rest in love.
Ava DuVernay tweeted, “Suzzanne Douglas was a quiet, elegant force as we made WHEN THEY SEE US. A gentlewoman. A gem of a lady. A confident, caring actor who breathed life into the words and made them shimmer. I’m grateful that our paths in this life crossed. May she journey on in peace and love.”
Sheryl Lee Ralph also paid tribute to her fellow Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. soror.
Fans also remembered the actress and her work:
The actress leaves behind a husband, neuro-radiologist Dr. Roy Jonathan Cobb. The couple also share one daughter named Jordan. Her cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Suzzanne Douglas’ family and friends.