Sidney Poitier Family: ‘His Faith in Humanity Never Faltered’

The family of Sidney Poitier remembered the Hollywood giant as a dedicated humanitarian, leader and artist in a statement released Friday night, the day after his death at the age of 94.

The actor, who became the first black person to win the Principal Actor’s Oscar with “Lilies of the Field” in 1963, died at his Los Angeles home on January 6. Poitier was the first major black box office star in Hollywood, always at the forefront with film roles such as Dr. John Wade Prentice in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and Mark Thackeray in “To Sir, With Love “, as well as with his activism at the heart of the civil rights era. Along with many Hollywood personalities, her family reflected on her legacy of art and compassion.

“There are no words to express the deep sense of loss and sadness we are feeling right now. We are very grateful that he was able to spend his last day surrounded by his family and friends,” said the press release. “To us, Sidney Poitier was not only a brilliant actor, activist and man of incredible grace and moral strength, he was also a devoted and loving husband, supportive and adoring father and a man who always put family first. He is our guiding light that illuminated our lives with infinite love and wonder. His smile healed, his hugs the warmest refuge and his laughter was infectious. We could always look to him for wisdom and comfort and his absence feels like a giant hole in our families and hearts. Although he is no longer here with us in this realm, his beautiful soul will continue to guide and inspire us . He will live in us, his grandchildren and great grandchildren – in every belly laugh, every curious question, every act of compassion and kindness. His legacy will live on in the world, continuing to inspire not only with his incredible body of work, but even more with his humanity. “

“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to each of you for the outpouring of love from around the world,” the family continued. “So many people were touched by our father’s extraordinary life, his unwavering sense of decency and his respect for his neighbor. His faith in humanity never wavered, so know that despite all the love you showed him, he loved you back.

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