Legendary Actor Sidney Poitier Passes Away At The Age Of 94  - The Shade Room

Legendary Actor Sidney Poitier Passes Away At The Age Of 94 

Roommates we are sending our deepest condolences to the family of legendary actor Sidney Poitier. On Friday, it was announced that he passed away at the age of 94.

According to TMZ, details surrounding, his passing is not known at the moment. He is most known for his legendary roles in films such as “Porgy and Bess,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” and many others. Most importantly, he became the first Black male and Bahamian actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis spoke about his passing and said, “My dear friends, it is with great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of Sir. Sidney Poitier. The boy who moved from the tomato farm on Cat Island, to moving and becoming a waiter in the United States, a young man who not only taught himself to read and write but who made words and thoughts and feelings central to his career. The man who expressed his rage against racial injustice through quiet dignity. The humanitarian, who used a steely determination, to not just better himself, but better the world he lived in.”

Sidney Poitier was also remembered by those he touched with his work both in and outside of Hollywood. Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Michael B. Jordan, and Barack Obama are just a few names that took to social media Friday to share tributes in his honor.

Tyler Perry said, “Around this time last year Cicely Tyson was releasing her book and promoting it. I had no idea she would pass away shortly thereafter. Now, to wake up this morning to a call that Sidney Poitier has passed away… all I can tell you is that my heart broke in another place. The grace and class that this man has shown throughout his entire life, the example he set for me, not only as a black man but as a human being will never be forgotten.”

 

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Oprah said, “Sidney Poitier. My honor to have loved him as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher. The utmost, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, gracious, eloquent life. I treasured him. I adored him. He had an enormous soul I will forever cherish. Blessings to Joanna and his world of beautiful daughters.”

 

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