Cicely Tyson dies at 96

Former presidents, celebrities, and Oprah all sent out tributes to Tyson after hearing of her passing
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NEW YORK, N.Y. (KLKN)- After acting for over 60 years, Cicely Tyson died at the age of 96 on January 29, 2021.

Tyson’s family announced her death through her manager, Larry Thompson, who has not provided any additional information on her death.

“With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful transition this afternoon. At this time, please allow the family their privacy,” the statement issued through Thompson said.

Cicely Tyson’s fame took off in the early 1970s when Black women finally started receiving starring roles in Hollywood. She wasn’t the kind of actress who took roles for the money, Tyson liked to be choosier.

“I’m very selective as I’ve been my whole career about what I do. Unfortunately, I’m not the kind of person who works only for money. It has to have some real substance for me to do it,” Tyson told The Associated Press in 2013.

A number of former presidents and Oprah Winfrey sent out tributes to the actress after hearing of her passing.

Her memoir, “Just As I Am”, was published this week.

Some of Tyson’s biggest flicks were “Sounder” (1972) for which she gained an Oscar nomination and an Academy Award nomination, “The Help” (2011), and “King” (1979).

At the age of 88, she won a Tony for best leading actress in “The Trip to Bountiful”. ‘

Tyson will be remembered for being an actress who paved the way for other Black women in the spotlight.

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