The Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs today confirmed the death of Academy-Award winning actor
Sidney Poitier at the age of 94.
“I was conflicted with great sadness and a sense of celebration when I learned of the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier, who held dual US and Bahamian nationality, was an icon, a hero, a mentor, a fighter, a national treasure ,I was conflicted with great sadness and a sense of celebration when I learned of the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier, Sadness that he would no longer be here to tell him how much he means to us, but celebration that he did so much to show the world that those from the humblest beginnings can change the world. He will be missed sorely, but his is a legacy that will never be forgotten.” said the Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper on Friday.
He was the first Black actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for “Lilies of the Field.” Poitier also received critical acclaim for his work in “A Raisin in the Sun” and “A Patch of Blue.”
Poitier received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1974. In 2009, President Obama awarded Poitier the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.
Sidney Poitier, Hollywood’s first major black movie star, has died aged 94, the Bahamas government announced Friday.