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RIP Cicely Tyson, Dead at 96

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Cicely Tyson attends the premiere of Amazon’s “Last Flag Flying” at DGA Theater on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

*Cicely Tyson, the beloved pioneering Black actor whose career spanned more than six decades, died Thursday at age 96.

The passing of the Hollywood star was announced by her family, via her manager Larry Thompson, per The Associated Press.

“With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful transition this afternoon. At this time, please allow the family their privacy,” according to a statement issued through Thompson. He did not immediately provide additional details.

“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” Thompson said in a statement Thursday. “Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree.”

Tyson starred in decades-worth of film and television including the acclaimed “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” which earned her two Emmy awards. In 2018, she became the first Black woman to receive an honorary Oscar. She also earned Emmy nods for the miniseries “Roots” and “King.”

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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