Sidney Poitier’s Multiple Causes Of Death Include Dementia, Cancer

The legendary actor passed away earlier this month at age 94.

Sidney Poitier’s cause — or rather, causes — of death have been determined.

TMZ reports that, according to the legendary actor’s death certificate, Poitier died as a result of “heart failure, Alzheimer's dementia and prostate cancer.”

Poitier was 94 when he passed away in his home in Beverly Hills, California. According to the New York Times, his death was confirmed on January 7 by Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Bahamas, where Poitier grew up. A cause of death was not revealed at the time.

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Born in Miami, Florida, in 1927, but raised in the Bahamas, Poitier is known for the films In the Heat of the Night to Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Lilies of the Field, which won him an Academy Award for best actor in 1964. Poitier was the first Black man to win an Oscar.

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