The actor worked 76 years in the film industry. He was the first black actor to win an Oscar for the film Lilies of the Field.
The first black actor to win an Oscar, Sidney Poitier, who died at the age of 94, was affected by a series of diseases, including ‘heart failure, Alzheimer’s dementia and prostate cancer’, reveals his death certificate as the cause of death.
Poitier, who was the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, in 1964 for the film Lilies of the Field, passed away at his home in Beverly Hills, California, in early 2022.
According to the star news outlet, TMZ, the legal document confirming his death also mentions his occupation as an actor, an activity to which he dedicated 76 years of his life. Poitier’s death was confirmed on January 7 by Fred Mitchell, Foreign Minister of the Bahamas, where Poitier grew up.
Ten days after his death, it is known that the death was due to a combination of heart failure, his battle with Alzheimer’s dementia and prostate cancer.
In addition to the Oscar for Best Actor, Poitier earned two other Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globe nominations, two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Laurel nominations and one nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Twice married, he had four daughters with his first wife Juanita Hardy and two with his second wife Joanna Shimkus, as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. (I)