On January 7, the film and entertainment industry lost a great star, since the death of Sidney Poitier was confirmedwho made history by becoming the first black man to win an Oscar in the Best Actor category.
The actor died at the age of 94. The news was first announced, according to The Independent, by Bahamian Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell. Almost two weeks later, the cause of his death has been revealed.
They reveal the cause of death of actor Sidney Poitier
According to the death certificate, obtained by TMZ, The actor died of a combination of heart failure, Alzheimer’s dementia and prostate cancer. The death was reported to the coroner’s office, but a biopsy or autopsy was not performed, according to the record. Poitier died at his home in Beverly Hills on January 6.
Sidney Poitier: Career
The iconic actor had a prolific career spanning more than four decades starting in 1950. His major performances included leading roles in Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, To Sir, With Love y Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. In 1964, Poitier made history by becoming the first black and Bahamian-born actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field.
His polished list of accolades included two more Oscar nominationsten Golden Globe nominations, two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Golden Laurel nominations, and one Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination. In 2002, he also received an Honorary Oscar Award for his overall contribution to American cinema.
Before his passing, Poitier was one of the last great surviving stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age cinema, and the oldest male Academy Award winner. He is survived by his wife Joanna Shimkus Poitier, six daughters, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.