Sidney Poitier's cause of death revealed

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Sidney Poitier, Hollywood's first major black movie star, died at the age of 94, on 6 January 2022, according to a death certificate issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Channel24 reported the news when it became known to the world one day later, with tributes pouring in for the actor, who was the first black person to win a best actor Oscar for his performance in Lilies of the Field.

Deadline reports, per the death certificate made public on Tuesday, the actor died of a combination of things, listed as a cardiopulmonary failure, prostate cancer and Alzheimer's dementia.

Poitier, lauded for taking on a series of groundbreaking roles at a time of great racial tension in America in the 1950s and 1960s with the intention of tackling bigotry and stereotypes, was also awarded an honorary Oscar in 2002 for his "extraordinary performances" on the silver screen and his "dignity, style and intelligence" off of it.

Poitier is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joanna, and their five daughters, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

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