The former President of United States of America, Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey have took to social media to mourn Sidney Poitier.
Oprah Winfrey took to Twitter to share a note and an adorable picture with the actor.
“For me, the greatest of the “Great Trees” has fallen: Sidney Poitier. My honour to have loved him as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher. The utmost, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, gracious, eloquent life. I treasured him. I adored him. He had an enormous soul I will forever cherish. Blessings to Joanna and his world of beautiful daughters,” Winfrey penned
Obama also did the same to mourn Poitier.
“Through his groundbreaking roles and singular talent, Sidney Poitier epitomized dignity and grace, revealing the power of movies to bring us closer together. He also opened doors for a generation of actors. Michelle and I send our love to his family and legion of fans,” he posted.
Legendary actor Sidney Poitier passed away at the age of 94.
The star, who was the first Black man to win the Best Actor Award at the Oscars has been known for his movies In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Lilies in the Field and many more.
However, his first lead role was in the 1955 movie Blackboard Jungle.
For those unversed, Poitier was born in the Bahamas but moved to America at the age of 15.
According to the Independent, he had also served in the Second World War as a teenager. However, after being discharged from the Army, the actor took up the job of being a dishwasher until he joined the American Negro Theatre School of Drama.