Holywood legend Sir Sidney Poitier has died, aged 94.
The beloved actor’s death was confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.
Bahamian-American actor Poitier was an Oscar-winning star, becoming the first Black male actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field in 1964
Taking to Twitter, fans of Poitier 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.”
Upon the death of Kirk Douglas in 2020, Poitier became one of the last surviving major stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, and the oldest living and earliest surviving male Academy Award winner.
Poitier also received acclaim for Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun and A Patch of Blue. He continued to break ground in three successful 1967 films which dealt with issues of race and race relations: To Sir, with Love; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and In the Heat of the Night. He was the top box-office star of that year.
Poitier was made an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974.