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Actress Carol Sutton, who appeared in OWN Tv’s “Queen Sugar,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Ray,” “Monster’s Ball,” and The Pelican Brief, has died after a lengthy battle with COVID-19.
She also recently starred in the HBO series “Lovecraft Country.”
Sutton was being treated at the Touro Infirmary in her native New Orleans for the deadly virus. On November 10, she texted her friends, saying that she and her daughter had tested positive for the virus, adding, “Please keep us in your prayers.”
According to NPR, she reported acute nausea and fever the very next day.
Sutton sadly passed away on Thursday night at the age of 76.
Her death was confirmed by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell:
“Carol Sutton was practically the Queen of New Orleans theater, having graced the stages across the city for decades,” the mayor wrote in a statement.
“The world may recognize her from her performances in movies and on TV – whether it’s “Treme” or “Claws,” or “Runaway Jury” or “Queen Sugar” – but we will always remember her commanding stage presence, her richly portrayed characters and the warm heart she shared with her fellow cast and crew in productions such as “4000 Miles” and “A Raisin in the Sun.”