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Harry Belafonte mourns longtime friend Sidney Poitier

Civil Rights icon and actor Harry Belafonte paid tribute to his longtime “brother and partner” Sidney Poitier following news of his death on Friday.

“For over 80 years, Sidney and I laughed, cried and made as much mischief as we could,” he stated in a press release to Page Six.

“He was truly my brother and partner in trying to make this world a little better. He certainly made mine a whole lot better,” Belafonte added.

A spokesperson for Belafonte instructed us he wouldn’t being doing extra interviews.


The trailblazing actor handed away at 94. A reason behind dying has but to be confirmed.

Stars proceed to honor Poitier — who made historical past as the primary black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor — with tributes.

Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier. Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier on the 2014 Academy Awards. Getty Images

Oprah Winfrey captioned an Instagram picture of them embracing on Instagram: “My honor to have loved [Poitier] as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher.”


“The utmost, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, gracious, eloquent life,” she added, “I treasured him. I adored him. He had an enormous soul I will forever cherish. Blessings to Joanna and his world of beautiful daughters.”

Viola Davis wrote “no words can describe how your work radically shifted my life… Thank you for leaving a legacy. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

A Broadway present about Poitier’s life titled, “Sidney,” is currently in the works. The present “explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, pride and humility and the price for artistic integrity,” producers told Variety final month.

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