- Cicely's death was confirmed by her longtime manager Larry Thompson
- Her family released an official statement but did not reveal the cause of her death
- Legit.ng understands the actress died on Thursday, January 28
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Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson has passed on, Legit.ng has learnt.
The revered thespian known for her roles on stage and screenplays died on Thursday, January 28, at the age of 96.
News of Cicely's sad demise was first made public and confirmed by her longtime manager Larry Thompson.
Cicely's family also released an official statement but did not reveal the cause of her death.
The legendary actress' demise came barely a week after releasing her first memoir Just As I am which highlighted her lengthy acting career.
Legit.ng understands the memoir was released on Tuesday, January 26.
Her death shook many world notable personalities such as Obama, Tyler Perry, Rihanna, Mariah Carey among others who mourned the legend with touching posts on Twitter.
''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.'' Obama tweeted.
Rihanna noted the world had lost a true legend.
''A true legend!! Rest in power Cicely Tyson.'' Rihanna wrote.
''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,'' Mariah Carey tweeted.
The late will be remembered for breaking barriers for Black actresses with surpassing dignity.
Cicely played important roles in movies and TV shows such as Sounder(1972), The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), Roots" (1977), The Marva Collins Story (1981), The Women of Brewster Place (1989), and The Help (2011).
One of her greatest moments in life was in 2016 when she received the Medal of Freedom by former President Barack Obama.
The actress described that moment as the most important thing that could happen to her.
In another report, Legit.ng reported that a Nigerian filmmaker, Debby King, suffered a great loss after her good friend and actress, Sotonye Ifeoma Dublin-Green, died as a result of the COVID-19 complications.
According to Debby, she lost her bestie, Sotonye Ifeoma, to the virus on Monday, January 11. She also blamed the staff at the Yaba isolation centre in Lagos for being behind it.