Former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama joins Hollywood celebrities to mourn the death of screen icon, Cicely Tyson.
Tyson who starred in blockbuster movies during her acting career was confirmed dead on Thursday evening.
Reacting, Obama in a farewell message to the screen goddess via his Facebook account on Friday, expressed sadness over her death.
According to him, “Michelle and I were honored when Cicely came to the White House to accept the Medal of Freedom knowing she was one of the many giants upon whose shoulders we stood a trailblazer whose legacy couldn’t be measured by her Emmys and Tony and Oscar alone, but by the barriers she broke and the dreams she made possible.”
“When Cicely Tyson was born, doctors predicted she wouldn’t make it three months because of a murmur in her heart. What they didn’t know, what they couldn’t know, was that Cicely had a heart unlike any other, the kind that would not only beat for 96 more years but leave a mark on the world that few could match.
He also prayed that God will give her family the fortitude to bear the loss.
“We are sending our thoughts and prayers to every member of Cicely’s family and to all of those who loved her. And while we are saddened that her heart finally came to a rest today, there is comfort in knowing that she will always live on in ours,” he said
Other Hollywood celebrities like; Viola Davis, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Rihanna and other expressed sadness and condolences over Cicely’s death.
They shared touching messages about the late actress and how her trailblazing career paved the way for so many Black women in the entertainment industry.