Entertainment Movies Steel Magnolias Actress Carol Sutton Dies of COVID-19 at Age 76 "Carol Sutton was practically the Queen of New Orleans theater," wrote New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell By Ally Mauch Published on December 12, 2020 03:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Carol Sutton, a veteran actress on both the stage and screen, died Thursday at the age of 76 due to complications from COVID-19. Sutton had been hospitalized at New Orleans’ Touro Infirmary for several days prior to her death, according to WGNO. Sutton played Nurse Pam in 1989’s Steel Magnolias, starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts. On TV, she appeared in an episode of Queen Sugar, as well as episodes of True Detective and, most recently, HBO’s Lovecraft Country. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell confirmed the news of her death in a lengthy tribute on Friday. Remembering the Stars We've Lost in 2020 “Carol Sutton was practically the Queen of New Orleans theater, having graced the stages across the city for decades,” Cantrell wrote, before noting her most famed theater performances, including A Raisin in the Sun. She continued, “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.’ May she rest in God's perfect peace.” Celebrities Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus Director Ava DuVernay, who created and executive produces Queen Sugar, also shared a tribute to Sutton on Friday. “On behalf of the QUEEN SUGAR family, we celebrate the life of the stellar Carol Sutton,” DuVernay wrote alongside a clip from the episode starring Sutton. “It was our honor to welcome this veteran actress of stage + screen to our show as Aunt Martha in Episode 409, ‘Stare at the Same Fires.’ We bless her. May she rise and rest in peace and power.” Actress Anika Noni Rose added in her own tweet, “RIP Ms. Carol. I love you. And I will miss you so much.” As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.