Sidney Poitier’s cause of death has been released less than two weeks after the groundbreaking actor’s death. He was 94.
The legendary entertainer, who was the first black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, died from a combination of heart failure, Alzheimer’s dementia and prostate cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by TMZ on Tuesday.
The death was reported to the coroner’s office, but a biopsy and autopsy were not performed, the record stated. He died at home in Beverly Hills on Jan. 6.
Poitier’s occupation was listed as actor for 76 years and the document also showed he served in the armed forces.
Sidney was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 66 in 1993, but was able to beat the disease after successfully undergoing surgery. His struggles with Alzheimer’s dementia were not as publicly known.
The Bahamian-born icon’s death was first announced by Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.
Poitier was survived by his wife of 46 years Joanna Shimkus Poitier, and six daughters, eight grand children and a handful of great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Gina, who died in 2018.
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