Joan Collins pays emotional tribute to Sidney Poitier, whom she describes as a “dear friend.”

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Joan Collins pays emotional tribute to Sidney Poitier, whom she calls a “dear friend.”

After posting a tribute to her ‘dear friend’ Sidney Poitier, JOAN COLLINS has been inundated with messages of support.

Following Sir Sidney Poitier’s death at the age of 94, Dame Joan Collins, 88, has paid a heartfelt tribute to him.

Sidney is best known for his long and illustrious acting career, which includes being the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Joan was among the first to pay tribute to the late actor, posting a candid photo of the two with the caption, “Rest in peace dear friend.”

“A great gentleman and a fantastic actor.”

Joan Collins (@joancollinsdbe) shared this post on Twitter.

“RIP gorgeous man and fabulous actor,” Carole added.

The Defiant Ones, Blackboard Jungle, and Lillies of the Field are among Sidney’s best-known films, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964.

Joan has previously spoken about first meeting Sidney at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in 2011.

Joan claimed that Sidney was the biggest star in the room, despite the fact that the room was packed with A-Listers.

“To me, the biggest star there was the fabulous Sidney Poitier,” the Dynasty star wrote for MailOnline at the time.

“[He] rarely attends such functions, but he was effortlessly and gracefully chatting and schmoozing with everyone.”

On Thursday night, Sidney died at his home in Los Angeles.

Sidney’s death was confirmed by Fred Mitchell, the Bahamas’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, where he grew up.

The cause of his death is still unknown.

The news of the actor’s death has shocked Hollywood, and tributes from those who knew him have poured in.

“Through his groundbreaking roles and singular talent, Sidney Poitier epitomised dignity and grace, revealing the power of movies to bring us closer together,” Barack Obama wrote on Twitter.

“He also provided opportunities for a new generation of actors.”

Michelle and I send our heartfelt condolences to his family and throngs of admirers.”

“My dear Sidney, an enormous part of my soul weeps at your passing,” Halle Berry said.

With your extraordinary talent, you left an indelible mark on this planet in your ninety-four years on this planet, paving the way for Black people to be seen and heard in the fullness of who we are.”

“Poitier was a barrier-breaking and enduring inspiration who advanced US racial dialogue through his art,” according to The Academy’s official Twitter account.

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