- US celebs have reacted to the news of the passing of veteran actress Cicely Tyson
- Screenwriter and film producer Tyler Perry shared that the legendary thespian passed away at the age of 96
- The hashtag #RIPCicelyTyson is currently trending on Twitter as entertainers and fans react to Cicely's passing
Legendary US actress Cicely Tyson has passed away at the age of 96. US celebs have taken to social media on Friday, 29 January to react to the news of her death.
The entertainers, mostly those who worked with the late thespian, have shared their heartfelt tributes and messages of condolences to her family and friends. The hashtag #RIPCicelyTyson is trending on Twitter as the US entertainment fraternity mourns the veteran actress' passing.
Screenwriter and film producer Tyler Perry, who has worked with Cicely for the past 16 years, took to Instagram and penned a touching tribute. He also shared pictures of the two of them during happy times and captioned his post:
"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..."
Veteran actress Viola Davis said she was devastated and heartbroken at the news that Cicely has passed. She continued:
"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."
Songstress Rihanna is also mourning the death of the later superstar. The singer wrote on Twitter:
"A true legend!! Rest in power Cicely Tyson."
Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon described Cicely as a kind and compassionate woman. She wrote on Twitter:
"Heartbroken to hear about Cicely Tyson’s passing. I had the honour of travelling with her to visit children in N.O. after the devastation of Katrina. What a gift we experienced to be graced by her wisdom, kindness & compassion for all. She will be missed. May God carry her home."
Singer Kehlani added:
"Thank you for every single contribution, rest in endless love Cicely Tyson."
In other sad news, Briefly.co.za reported that iconic jazz and opera vocalist Dr Sibongile Khumalo has passed away, her family announced on Thursday evening, 28 January.
According to a statement posted on her Instagram page, the world-celebrated Mzansi singer succumbed to stroke-related complications after a lengthy period of illness.
Khumalo, affectionately known as Ma'Mngoma, had a career spanning over 30 years. She began her musical journey when she was only eight. Ma'Mngoma, who was born on 24 September, 1957, was launched into the limelight when she won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 1993.
Mzansi music lovers, celebs and politicians have taken to social media to share their tributes and messages of condolences to her family and friends. The veteran musician's name is trending high on Twitter since the news of her sudden passing broke. The hashtag #RIPSibongilKhumalo trended at number 1 on the micro-blogging app.
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