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Cicely Tyson attends the premiere of Amazon’s “Last Flag Flying” at DGA Theater on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Cicely Tyson, the beloved pioneering Black actor whose career spanned more than six decades, died Thursday at age 96.

The passing of the Hollywood star was announced by her family, via her manager Larry Thompson, per The Associated Press.

“With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful transition this afternoon. At this time, please allow the family their privacy,” according to a statement issued through Thompson. He did not immediately provide additional details.

“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” Thompson said in a statement Thursday. “Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree.”

Tyson starred in decades-worth of film and television including the acclaimed “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” which earned her two Emmy awards. In 2018, she became the first Black woman to receive an honorary Oscar. She also earned Emmy nods for the miniseries “Roots” and “King.”

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Comment by monica on January 30, 2021 at 10:15pm
Comment by vaughn mitchell on January 30, 2021 at 6:04pm
An Icon. A legend. R.I.P. hopefully she run into another Icon, and legend in the true home run king Hank Aaron.
Comment by James on January 29, 2021 at 8:20pm
Comment by Lu on January 29, 2021 at 3:47pm

R. I. P. my Queen...U will be missed dearly. The most strongest character and resilient attitude. SELAH

Comment by mr1stroke on January 29, 2021 at 3:45pm

A great one, a woman who stood for what strong black women should be, her works are to learn from, not just to enjoy, she was not suffering, she lived a long life, at 96 i have no reason to cry or be sad, i smile as i was blessed enough to grow up and bare witness of her work, now i can discuss them with my daughter as she learns about who she was. Well Beautiful one sleep well, you needed that rest in order to meet your maker, say hello and save me a sit so i can sit next to you if i ever get there, R.I.P and see you when i get there

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