At the start of the year, Sidney Poitier breathed his last, at the age of 94. A departure that had saddened all-Hollywood, as the actor had acquired the status of legend among his peers. This Wednesday, CNN revealed the causes of his death.
He was a great among the greats. On January 6, Sidney Poitier died at the age of 94, plunging his loved ones and his fans into great sadness. Very quickly, tributes multiplied on social networks, while the world of the seventh art mourned the departure of the one who marked several generations of actors. Born in 1927 in Miami, Sidney Poitier then spent his childhood in the Bahamas, before trying his luck in Los Angeles, where he will trace a route that no African-American had managed to take so far. The one who juggled between his job as a janitor and the Actors Studio school finally reached the stars, becoming the first black comedian actor to win the Oscar for best actor, in 1963.
A distinction that will inscribe his name among Hollywood legends. Hours after his disappearance, his family released a poignant statement, in which they described the actor as “a brilliant comedian, an activist of incredible grace and moral strength“.”No words can describe the deep dismay and sadness we are feeling right now. We are so grateful that he was able to spend his last day surrounded by his friends and family.“, had written his relatives. On Instagram, the American popess of television Oprah Winfrey was among the many personalities to pay tribute to him, evoking “a friend, a brother, a confidence, a teacher full of wisdom“.
How did the actor die?
Twelve days after his death, TMZ revealed on Wednesday the causes of the disappearance of the monster of Hollywood cinema. The 94-year-old actor is said to have passed away following a heart attack, as revealed by his death certificate. But that’s not all.
Sidney Poitier also suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, and prostate cancer, again according to the death certificate consulted by CNN. Information that had not previously been communicated by his entourage.