Wednesday, 26 January, 2022
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Hollywood movie star Sidney Poitier passes away

Sidney Poitier, Hollywood's first major Black movie star and the first Black man to win the best actor Oscar, has died at 94, prompting an outpouring of grief from the entertainment industry and beyond, reports AFP.

Stars including Denzel Washington along with current and past US presidents Joe Biden and Barack Obama led emotional tributes as news broke Friday of the death of the celebrated thespian.

"He was a gentle man and opened doors for all of us that had been closed for years," said Washington, a two-time Oscar winner, in a statement to AFP.

"To Sir... with Love. Sir Sidney Poitier R.I.P. He showed us how to reach for the stars," tweeted Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg.

Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis said it was "with great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of Sidney Poitier," confirming the passing of the dual US-Bahamian citizen.

Poitier died at his home in Los Angeles late Thursday, according to Davis' director of communications Latrae Rahming. The spokesman did not immediately respond to questions about the cause of death.