Sidney Poitier death news updates – Film icon's cause of death not known as tributes flow for Lilies of the Field star

LILIES of the Field actor Sidney Poitier, the first black man to win a Best Actor Oscar, has passed away at 94.

The Acadamy Award winner's death was confirmed by Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, via Eyewitness News Bahamas.

In response to Poitier's death, Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper said he 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 and that we gave him his flowers while he was with us," Cooper told the Guardian Nassau.

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  • Jennifer Korn

    Does Sidney Poitier have children?

    The actor shares four children with his first wife, Juanita Hardy. All daughters, their names are Beverly, Pamela,  Sherri, and Gina.

    Poitier had two more daughters with his second wife, Joanna Shimkus: Anika and Sydney Tamiia.

    The actor also had eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, in addition to his six daughters.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Was Sidney Poitier married?

    Poitier was married twice.

    His first wife was Juanita Hardy, and they were married from 1950 until 1965.

    He then married to former actress Joanna Shimkus in 1976.

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    Sidney Poitier determined to rid accent

    The actor spent six months dedicating himself to achieving theatrical success.

    In that effort, Poitier was determined to rid of his Bahamian accent.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Sidney Poitier was tone deaf

    Unlike many actors, Sidney Poitier was unable to sing.

    This was due to him being tone deaf.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Where was Sidney Poitier from?

    The actor was unexpectedly born two months premature in Miami, while his parents were visiting.

    His family lived in the Bahamas, and visited Miami to sell produce.

    At the time Poitier was born, the Bahamas was still a British colony, and his birth in Miami automatically granted him US citizenship.

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    Academy Award for Best Actor

    Sidney Poitier was the first Black actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1963 film Lillies of the Field.

    Poitier played as a handyman who helped a group of German-speaking nuns build a chapel.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Did Sidney Poitier die?

    It has been reported that the actor died on January 7, 2021, at the age of 94.

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