NewsOne Nigeria reports that the pioneering Hollywood actress Cicely Tyson is dead.
This online news platform understands that Cicely Tyson- who was known for portraying strong African-American characters died aged 96, her manager has said.
Cause of Cicely Tyson death – What happened to Cicely Tyson
The cause of Cicely Tyson’s death has not been revealed yet. While announcing the news of her unfortunate demise, her manager Thomson did not reveal any other details about the same.
Meanwhile, according to a report in The New York Times, Tyson had won three Emmy (won two Emmys for her performance in the 1974 civil rights-era film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman) and several awards from civil rights groups over the course of her lustrous career. She became the oldest Tony recipient at age 88, which she won for her Broadway show The Trip to Bountiful. At the age of 93, Tyson was given an honorary Oscar and was inducted in the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2018.
She also became the first black woman to take on a main role in the TV drama East Side/West Side in the 1960s. Presenting Tyson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, the then US President Barack Obama said that apart from her achievements as a actress, she had also shaped the course of history.
Did Cicely Tyson have children?
The report in NYT further reveals that Tyson got married to Lenneth Franklin at the age of 18, in 1942. Her divorce decree revealed that her husband had abandoned her after merely eighteen months of marriage before it was formally dissolved in 1956. Tyson then got married to Miles Davis in 1981, but the marriage was a tumultuous one, as Davis had been addicted to cocaine. The pair parted ways in 1988.
Tributes Pour in for Cicely Tyson
In her extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson was one of the rare award-winning actors whose work on the screen was surpassed only by what she was able to accomplish off of it. She had a heart unlike any other—and for 96 years, she left a mark on the world that few will ever match. pic.twitter.com/JRsL3zlKtP
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 29, 2021
Rest In Paradise Cicely Tyson ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xX3mwxSePl
— Ciara (@ciara) January 29, 2021
So saddened by the loss of Cicely Tyson….A gentle soul, immensely talented and so thoroughly dignified. She brought so much life to the characters she played, and their voices…her voice…will always be with us.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) January 29, 2021
Honoring the life of the legendary Ms. Cicely Tyson, a queen who graced the world with her beauty, strength and talent. Grateful for her legacy and for the chance to read her unvarnished truth. Rest In Power❤️ pic.twitter.com/To5i88D7ZF
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 29, 2021
Hillary and I mourn the passing of Cicely Tyson. She brought complex characters to life with dignity and heart, and humanity and depth, always remaining true to herself. Our thoughts and prayers to all who were inspired and empowered by her performances and extraordinary life.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) January 29, 2021
What struck me every time I spent time with Cicely Tyson was not necessarily her star power—though that was evident enough—it was her humanity. Just by walking into a room, she had this way of elevating everyone around her. pic.twitter.com/o6VAV63wqd
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 29, 2021