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Heartbreaking pics show Sidney Poitier chasing granddaughter on the beach

A HEARTBREAKING post has been shared on social media showing Sidney Poltier chasing his granddaughter in a rare final appearance.

The photo, believed to taken on his 94th birthday, was uploaded by his daughter Beverly Poltier Henderson in February 2021.

“Sidney and Sydney jogging on the beach. Happy Birthday Papa,” she wrote in thepost.

Almost a year later, reports stated that the Lilies of the Field actor had passed away.

The Academy Award winner's death was confirmed on Friday January 7 by Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.

A cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper said he was "conflicted with great sadness and a sense of celebration when I learned of the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier.

"Sadness that he would no longer be here to tell him how much he means to us, but a celebration that he did so much to show the world that those from the humblest beginnings can change the world and that we gave him his flowers while he was with us," Cooper said.

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"Through his groundbreaking roles and singular talent, Sidney Poitier epitomized dignity and grace, revealing the power of movies to bring us closer together," former President Barack Obama said in a statement about Poitier's death.

"He also opened doors for a generation of actors. Michelle and I send our love to his family and legion of fans."

Many celebrities also expressed their condolences on social media platforms such as Twitter.

Singer Dionne Warwick tweeted: “He once caught me following him. He said ‘little girl what do you want’ I muttered “can I have your autograph.”

She continued: “From that day he always called me little girl and asked if I wanted his autograph. It was something we laughed about.”

“He was my hero & great friend. May he RIP,” Dionne concluded.

Elijah Wood tweeted a picture of the late actor: “So long to the groundbreaking titan, Sidney Poitier.”

Actress Kerry Washington also posted on Twitter, saying: “We lost an elegant King today. Thank you Sidney Poitier.”

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