"What a joy to have met Ja'Net Dubois, who became famous playing the role of Willona Woods on the hit 70s sitcom Good Times..."
The Good Times actress was 74 years old and reportedly died in her sleep.
Ja'Net DuBois is being remembered by her former co-workers for bringing "light" to the set of "Good Times".
"I am so very saddened to hear my longtime friend Ja'Net DuBois has passed away".
After moving on from "Good Times", Jackson would cast DuBois as her mother in the video for the single "Control" on her debut album.
BernNadette Stanis, who played Thelma Evans Anderson on "Good Times", said she learned of her friend's death Tuesday from DuBois' daughter. Flex Alexander, who worked with DuBois briefly on his series One on One, penned a heartfelt message to the late actress saying, "You should have been given way more flowers while you were here, you helped pave the way for African American Actresses, you will be missed".
Since news of her death broke, celebrities and fans have paid tribute to the late star on Twitter.
"God bless you, Ja'net DuBois!" I am grateful that in recent years I had a chance to see her and to create more lasting memories.
It was a stroke of serendipity for DuBois' singing career that both "Good Times" and "The Jeffersons" were produced by legendary Hollywood show creator Norman Lear.
DuBois began her acting career on Broadway, performing in productions such as Golden Boy and A Raisin in the Sun.
She has appeared in a variety of films including Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and I'm Gonna Get You Sucka (1988).
The Pan African Film Festival, which DuBois helped found and is now underway this week in Los Angeles, said the Hollywood veteran will be missed. DuBois was a talented singer and songwriter, as she also composed "Movin' on Up".