Hollywood is mourning the loss of an icon.
Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, died at age 94, according to a source close to the family, who confirmed his passing to NBC News. The news was first announced, per The Independent, through the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fred Mitchell, on Jan. 7. His cause of death has not yet been confirmed. E! The news reached representatives for comment.
The iconic actor has a prolific career spanning more than four decades — beginning in the 1950s — including starring in the role of Porgy and Bess, A Raisin of the Day, In the Lord, With Love and Guess Who Will Come to Dinner. In 1964, Poitier made history by becoming the first Black and Bahamian-born actor to win an Academy Award in the Best Actor category.
His highly polished list of accolades includes two more Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globes nominations, two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Laurel nominations, and one Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination.