Sidney Poitier’s family mourns the loss of their ‘guiding light.’
As fans laid flowers on his HollywoodWalk of Fame star, the family of pioneering actor Sidney Poitier expressed their grief.
Poitier, the first black man to win an Academy Award for best actor, died on Thursday in the Bahamas at the age of 94.
Blackboard Jungle, To Sir With Love, In The Heat Of The Night, and GuessWho’s Coming To Dinner are among his films.
His family said his death had left “a giant hole in our hearts” as tributes poured in.
“There are no words to express the deep sense of loss and sadness we are experiencing right now,” they said yesterday. “We are so grateful he was able to spend his final day surrounded by his family and friends.”
“To us, Sidney Poitier was not only a brilliant actor, activist, and a man of incredible grace and moral fortitude, but he was also a devoted and loving husband, a supportive and adoring father, and a man who always put family first.”
His hugs were the warmest refuge, and his laughter was contagious.”
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Halle Berry and Whoopi Goldberg, among others, paid tribute to Poitier.
President of the United States, Joe Biden, expressed regret for the death of the “once-in-a-generation” actor who helped “open the hearts of millions.”
Poitier was born in Miami and grew up on a tomato farm in the Bahamas before moving to New York at the age of 16.
He enlisted in the US Army for a short time and worked odd jobs while taking acting classes.
Poitier had two daughters with his second wife, actress Joanna Shimkus, and four daughters with his first wife, Juanita Hardy.