NASSAU, Bahamas–The Bahamas government Friday confirmed that actor and activist, Sir Sidney Poitier, has died. He was 94 years old.
Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper said he was “conflicted with great sadness and a sense of celebration when I learned of the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier.
“Sadness that he would no longer be here to tell him how much he means to us, but a celebration that he did so much to show the world that those from the humblest beginnings can change the world and that we gave him his flowers while he was with us,” Cooper said.
The death of the Oscar-winning actor, philanthropist, and presidential medal of freedom recipient was confirmed by Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell.
Sir Sidney wrote an autobiography in 2000, “The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography.”
His wife and six children survive him.