Legendary actor Sidney Poitier, whose 71-year career included iconic roles in the classic Hollywood films “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Uptown Saturday Night,” has died.
The actor was 94. His cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
The news was announced by Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, prompting tributes, the Independent reported.
Chester Cooper, the Bahamas deputy prime minister, told the Guardian he was “conflicted with great sadness and a sense of celebration when I learned of the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier.”
“We have lost an icon; a hero, a mentor, a fighter, a national treasure,” he added.
Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis is set to hold a press conference in tribute to the legend on Friday morning, local outlets reported.
Tributes immediately started flooding in after news of his passing.
Emmy-winning actor Jeffrey Wright lauded Poitier as “one of a kind” and referenced the classic film “To Sir with Love” in a tribute tweet. “What a landmark actor. One of a kind. What a beautiful, gracious, warm, genuinely regal man,” Wright wrote. “RIP, Sir. With love.”
“Rest in power beautiful human being and actor Sir Sydney Poitier,” Rosanna Arquette tweeted.
“Jill and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Sidney Poitier, the once-in-a-generation actor and advocate whose work carried so much dignity, power, and grace that it changed the world on and off the big screen,” said President Joe Biden in a statement. “Jill and I send our love and prayers to Sidney’s wife, Joanna, his daughters, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. May God bless Sidney Poitier.”