Hollywood has been thrown into mourning with the death of big screen icon and multiple award winner, Sidney Poitier at the age of 94.
Poitier made history when he became the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fred Mitchell, broke the news on Jan. 7. The cause of death was, however, not disclosed.
The prolific actor had a career spanning over four decades, beginning in the 1950s. He starred roles in Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, To Sir, With Love, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
Poitier made history in 1964, by becoming the first Black and Bahamian-born actor to win an Academy Award in the Best Actor category.
More laurels were to follow, including two more Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globes nominations, two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Laurel nominations, and a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination.
The actor in 2002 received an Honorary Academy Award for his overall contribution to American film.
He received in 2009, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
Poitier was one of the last surviving major stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema before his passing and the oldest living and earliest surviving male Academy Award winner.
He had four daughters with his first wife Juanita Hardy, and two with his second wife of 45 years, Joanna Shimkus having married twice. He is survived by also by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.