'This is an extraordinary loss' - Oprah Winfrey, Barrack Obama, Martin Luther King III, Tyler Perry and others react to the death of Cicely Tyson

Celebrities around the world are paying tribute to Emmy award-winning actress Cicely Tyson, who died at the age of 96 on Thursday, January 28.  "With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful transition this afternoon. At this time, please allow the family their privacy," her manager, Larry Thompson said in a statement. The statement did not reveal the cause of her death. The Legendary American actress died two days after her first memoir, "Just As I Am," which chronicled her lengthy career, was released.  Celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, Whoopi Goldberg, Micheal B Jordan, Zendaya, Amanda Gorman, Gayle King, Tika Sumpter, Levar Burton, Sherri Shepherd, Robin Thede, Martin Luther King III, Tyler Perry, and many others have taken to their respective social media accounts to pay tributes to the actress.  'In her extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson was one of the rare award-winning actors whose work on the screen was surpassed only by what she was able to accomplish off of it. She had a heart unlike any other—and for 96 years, she left a mark on the world that few will ever match,' Former US president, Barrack Obama wrote on Twitter. In her extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson was one of the rare award-winning actors whose work on the screen was surpassed only by what she was able to accomplish off of it. She had a heart unlike any other—and for 96 years, she left a mark on the world that few will ever match. pic.twitter.com/JRsL3zlKtP— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 29, 2021 'What struck me every time I spent time with Cicely Tyson was not necessarily her star power—though that was evident enough—it was her humanity. Just by walking into a room, she had this way of elevating everyone around her.' 'She was the personification of beauty, grace, wisdom, and strength, carrying forward a flame that not only guided her for 96 pathbreaking years but lit the way for so many of us.' 'I’ll miss her dearly, but I smile knowing how many people she inspired, just like me, to walk a little taller, speak a little more freely, and live a little bit more like God intended,' Michelle Obama wrote on Twitter. What struck me every time I spent time with Cicely Tyson was not necessarily her star power—though that was evident enough—it was her humanity. Just by walking into a room, she had this way of elevating everyone around her. pic.twitter.com/o6VAV63wqd— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 29, 2021 "Rest in power, Cicely Tyson. Thank you for your life, your love, your light," Amanda Gorman wrote on Twitter. Rest in power, Cicely Tyson. Thank you for your life, your love, your light — Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) January 29, 2021 'You’ve paved the way for so many & blessed the world with your light! Thank you!!! Rest In Power,' Micheal B Jordan wrote on Instagram.      View this post on Instagram           A post shared by Michael B. Jordan (@michaelbjordan) 'The world lost a trailblazer today. #CicelyTyson paved the way for so many artists after her and beautifully portrayed iconic roles such as Harriett Tubman and my mother, Coretta Scott King. Rest in peace, Cicely. You will be missed,' Martin Luther King III wrote on Twitter. The world lost a trailblazer today. #CicelyTyson paved the way for so many artists after her and beautifully portrayed iconic roles such as Harriett Tubman and my mother, Coretta Scott King. Rest in peace, Cicely. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/TMsHzWhpFL— Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) January 29, 2021 "This one hurts, today we honor and celebrate the life of one of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you Cicely Tyson. Rest in great power," Zendaya wrote on Twitter. This one hurts, today we honor and celebrate the life of one of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you Cicely Tyson. Rest in great power. pic.twitter.com/vwchWT5512— Zendaya (@Zendaya) January 29, 2021 Gayle King shared a touching video and simply said, "Thank you Cicely Tyson… for everything…" Thank you Cicely Tyson... for everything... pic.twitter.com/6LslgGYtOx— Gayle King (@GayleKing) January 29, 2021 'America has had a lot of great actresses, but none greater than Cicely Tyson. Rest in Power', Cynthia Nixon wrote on Twitter America has had a lot of great actresses, but none greater than Cicely Tyson. Rest in Power pic.twitter.com/Fm73m2LVSm— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) January 29, 2021 "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 it was only in my dreams that I could see the possibilities in myself. I'm not ready for you to be my angel yet. But...I also understand that it's only when the last person who has a memory of you dies, that you'll truly be dead. In that case, you will be immortal. Thank you for shifting my life. Thank you for the long talks. Thank you for loving me. Rest well," Viola Davis wrote on Instagram.      View this post on Instagram           A post shared by VIOLA DAVIS (@violadavis) 'I was sitting at the table working when I got this overwhelming feeling to watch Miss Jane Pittman. I hadn’t seen the movie in years. I didn’t even understand the feeling to turn it on, but I did anyway. Not 12 minutes into the movie my phone rang. It was Oprah calling to tell me that Cicely had died. This one brought me to my knees! She was the grandmother I never had and the wisdom tree that I could always sit under to fill my cup. My heart breaks in one beat, while celebrating her life in the next. To think that she lived for 96 years and I got to be a part of the last 16 brings me great joy. She called me son. Well, today your son grieves your loss and will miss our long talks, your laughter from your belly, and your very presence. Always so regal, always so classy, always a lady, always a queen. Every time we would talk I would ask, “How are you?” and you would say, “I’m still here. He must have something he wants me to do.” Well, I think it’s safe to say you have done all you were put here to do, and we are all better for it,' Tyler Perry wrote on Instagram.      View this post on Instagram           A post shared by Tyler Perry (@tylerperry)The post 'This is an extraordinary loss' - Oprah Winfrey, Barrack Obama, Martin Luther King III, Tyler Perry and others react to the death of Cicely Tyson appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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