Pioneering Black movie star Sidney Poitier dies: Bahamas govt

LOS ANGELES, United States – Sidney Poitier, Hollywood's first major Black movie star, has died, the deputy prime minister of the Bahamas said Friday.

Poitier, who held dual US and Bahamian nationality, was "an icon, a hero, a mentor, a fighter, a national treasure," Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper said on his official Facebook page.

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BREAKING: Beloved Bahamian actor and former ambassador Sir Sidney Poitier has died. He was 94. A Broadway play about the trailblazing career of the visionary actor was announced last month. Sir Sidneys death was confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.

Eyewitness News Bahamas (@ewnewsbahamas) January 7, 2022

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