Hollywood legend Cicely Tyson, 96, passed away on Thursday. Credit: AP

Tributes poured in from all over the world at the news of Hollywood actor Cicely Tyson’s death. Her family made the announcement via her manager Larry Thompson on Thursday afternoon.

Former model Tyson won two Emmys in 1974 for her civil-rights film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. She was the first Black woman to play a significant role in the Eastside/Westside television drama in the 1960s.

Former US President Barack Obama led the tributes on Twitter, sharing that Tyson ‘had a heart unlike any other.’

Viola Davis, who played the role of Tyson’s daughter on the series How to Get Away with Murder, said she was heartbroken by the news.

“My heart is just broken,” Viola said, “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.”

Viola Davis with Cicely Tyson on set of How to Get Away with Murder.
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