The first black man to win Oscar for Best Actor Sidney Poitier died at 94. The death of the Hollywood celebrity was verified to the BBC by the office of the Bahama’s minister of foreign affairs, Fred Mitchell.
Poitier was a ground-breaking actor, philanthropist, and diplomat. In 1963, he received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Lilies of the Field.
Former US President Barack Obama described Poitier as having “unique skill” and “epitomising decency and elegance.”
He went on to say that the actor demonstrated “the power of film to bring us together” and “opened doors for a generation of performers.”
Oprah Winfrey, a US broadcaster and journalist, also expressed homage, stating, “For me, the greatest of the ‘Great Trees’ has fallen,” adding that the actor “had a magnificent spirit I will long treasure.”