Sir Sidney Poitier has tragically died at the age of 94 and tributes to the star have flooded in on Twitter
Hollywood legend Sir Sidney Poitier has died aged 94.
The beloved actor death, who had an incredible 71-year career, was confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, according to Eyewitness News Bahamas.
Speaking about his death, Mitchell said: “We’ve lost a great a Bahamian and I’ve lost a personal friend.”
Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper added to Guardian Nassau: “Sadness that he would no longer be here to tell him how much he means to us, but celebration that he did so much to show the world that those from the humblest beginnings can change the world and that we gave him his flowers while he was with us.”
Bahamian-American actor Sidney was an Oscar-winning Hollywood star who was known as a true trail blazer in Hollywood with more than 50 films under his belt.
Sidney also published several autobiographies during his career – This Life, The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2007) and Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter (2008).
A Broadway play about the incredible career of the visionary actor was announced last month, before his sudden death.
His cause of death is yet to be confirmed, but he will be missed by many.
Taking to Twitter, fans of Sidney shared their tributes as they couldn’t believe the news.
One person wrote: “One of the greatest of all time. may he rest in peace.”
A second added: “May he rest in peace knowing he served and was loved.”
“Absolute legend … RIP, sir,” a third added.
Another penned: “Oh no… so, so sad to hear this… RIP, Mr. Poitier.”
With Sidney’s family blessing, the play will be based on his youth in the Bahamas, to his historic successes during the Golden Age of Hollywood, as he became the first black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Producers told Variety: “Poitier has inspired many artists in multiple fields including encouraging Alice Childress to begin writing when they were both members at American Negro Theatre.”
The famous actor built an incredible career as a film icon and revered activist.
Sidney challenged racial bias and roadblocks in the 1950s and 60s by starring in hit movies such as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night and Lillies of the Field.
The actor’s personal life wasn’t quite as glamorous, though, as he ended up having a nine-year affair with Diahann Carroll while married to first wife Juanita Hardy from 1950 to 1965.
Sidney and Juanita share four daughters together.
He later remarried in 1976 to Joanna Shimkus and the pair welcomed two children.
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