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Tragedy of Best Actor Oscar Sidney Poitier’s Cause of Death

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The first Black and Bahamian man to win Best Actor Oscar Sidney Poitier’s cause of death has been followed by many questions since Hollywood legend passed away on Friday (January 7, 2022), at the age of 94.

May he rest in power.

The heartbreaking news of The Hollywood star, known for films including Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, and Lilies of the Field, was confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.

Mitchell partly said, “We’ve lost a great Bahamian and I’ve lost a personal friend.”

Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper added, “Sadness that he would no longer be here to tell him how much he means to us, but a celebration that he did so much to show the world that those from the humblest beginnings can change the world and that we gave him his flowers while he was with us.”

Bahamian-American actor Sidney was an Oscar-winning Hollywood star who was known as a true trailblazer in Hollywood with over 50 films is his CV.

Sidney additionally published multiple autobiographies during his career – This Life, The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2007), and Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter (2008).

A Broadway play about the incredible career of the visionary actor was announced last month, before his sudden death.

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What’s Behind Sidney Poitier’s Cause of Death?

Although official sources have not publicized Sidney Poitier’s exact cause of death at this time; some spread rumors about the matter, claiming he lost his life due to a disease.

Nevertheless, our team does not confirm any rumors; we are trying our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.

Emmy-winning actor Jeffrey Wright praised 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.

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House Rep. Nina Turner saluted the activist actor with a simple, “Rest In Power, Sir Sidney Poitier.”

His trailblazing career, the subject of an upcoming Broadway show, stemmed from humble beginnings. According to PBS, Poitier moved to New York City at age 16 after living in the Bahamas for several years with his family. In the Big Apple, he found work as a janitor at the American Negro Theater in exchange for acting lessons. From there, he took up acting roles in plays for the next several years until his film debut in the racially charged film “No Way Out.” 

Race and social justice would become central themes in much of his work throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s. 

The Miami-born star earned his first Academy Award nomination in 1959 for his work in “The Defiant Ones.” The nomination was significant to America as he was the first African-American to be nominated for Best Actor. That role also earned him a Golden Globe win and a BAFTA Award.

Poitier broke even more barriers in 1963 with his hit film “Lilies of the Field.” The following year, Poitier became the first African American to ever win the Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

The first Black and Bahamian man to win Best Actor Oscar Sidney Poitier's cause of death

His career continued to climb for several more years. In 1967 he starred in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” an interracial romance comedy that ruffled feathers in America. Then came other memorable films, “They Call Me Mister Tibbs” and “Uptown Saturday Night” opposite Bill Cosby.

Funeral plans have not been announced.

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