Academy Award-winning actor Viola Davis became sociable on January 28 to honor the late Hollywood star, Cicely Tyson, shortly after the news regarding her passing had been spread.
Davis, who is the first African-American to receive the “Triple Crown of Acting,” took to her verified Instagram account, posted a photo that sees her hugging ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman‘ star and added a lengthy tribute to say goodbye to her in a proper way.
Stating that she is totally heartbroken and devastated by the news, the ‘How to Get Away with Murder‘ star expressed her admiration for Tyson, who became an icon as an African-American actor over the years. In her message, Davis wrote that Tyson was everything for her and continued by referring that she was a symbol of the Black community:
“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.”
Davis went on by saying that she is not ready to hear this devastating news; however, she stated that ‘The Women of Brewster Place’ actor is immortal with her contributions to civil rights with the light of her acting.
“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 💔💔💔”
Following Davis’ post, a great number of her industry friends jumped into the comments section to say goodbye to Cicely.
As known, the news regarding the late actor’s passing was delivered officially by her longtime manager Larry Thompson. According to the news obtained by Thomson, Tyson passed away on January 28, at the age of 96. A cause of death has yet been announced.