On Thursday the whole world was shocked to learn that the legendary Cicely Tyson had passed away at the age of 96.
Her work has inspired generations and her colleagues were sure to express their shock, but they also thank Cicely for her inspiration and contributions to the culture.
Immediately after the news of her death, honors poured in, actors and actresses like Tiffany Haddish, Lance Gross, Zendaya, Martin Lawrence, Taraji P. Henson, Michael B. Jordan and many others speaking out as they shared some fine words about her Life and career.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest names who have worked closely with Cicely Tyson have also spoken out.
Tyler Perry said, “This one got me on my knees! She was the grandmother I never had and the wisdom tree I could always sit under to fill my cup. My heart breaks in one beat while I celebrate her life the next. To think that she lived for 96 years and that I was allowed to be part of the last 16 gives me great pleasure. She called me son. Well today your son mourns your loss and will miss our long conversations, your belly laughs and your presence. “
Viola Davis, who starred in “The Help” and “How To Get Away With Murder” alongside Cicely, said, “I’m devastated. My heart is just broken. I loved you so much !! You were everything to me!” You made me feel loved and seen and valued in a world where there is still a cloak of invisibility for us dark chocolate girls. You gave me permission to dream … because I am only in my dreams could see the possibilities in myself. I am not yet ready for you to be my angel. “
Other honors that came in included Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyonceé, Whoppi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jenifer Lewis, and many others.
In her extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson was one of the rare award-winning actresses whose work on screen was only matched by what she could achieve with it. She had a heart like no other – and for 96 years she shaped the world that few will ever reach. pic.twitter.com/JRsL3zlKtP
– Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 29, 2021
What struck me every time I spent time with Cicely Tyson wasn’t exactly her star power – although that was obvious enough – it was her humanity. Only by entering a room did she have that way of getting everyone around her up. pic.twitter.com/o6VAV63wqd
– Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 29, 2021
Rest in peace, Queen Tyson. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xOWeo1l5lP
– Jenifer Lewis (@JeniferLewis) January 29, 2021
During this difficult time, we continue to offer our deepest condolences to the Cicely Tyson family.
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