23:05 GMT28 February 2021
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    Earlier on Thursday, the manager for Cicely Tyson, a prominent Hollywood actress known for her work in films like "Sounder", "Hoodlum" and "The Help", announced that the she had passed away, without elaborating on the cause of death.

    Netizens, including cinematography fans, celebrities and media figures, took to Twitter on Thursday to pay tribute to Cicely Tyson, who died at the age of 96.

    "With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful transition this afternoon," manager Larry Thompson revealed.

    Among those who mourned the death of one of Hollywood's prominent black actors were showrunner Shonda Rhimes, actress and singer Zendaya and rapper Common, who were joined by journalists, media figures and fans who appreciated Tyson's work.

    ​Particularly, colleagues who worked with Tyson in the "How to Get Away With Murder" TV show, including Oscar winner Viola Davis, Jack Falahee and Conrad Ricamora, weighed in to express their condolences.

    Tyson was married to iconic jazz trumpeter Miles Davis from 1981-1988, and the musician featured her image on his classic 'Sorcerer' album. ​

    In 1973, Tyson was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Rebecca Morgan in "Sounder", and she won a Tony award for her performance in "The Trip to Bountiful", apart from many other honors she secured, including Emmys, a Peabody Achievement Award and a Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to her by former US President Barack Obama.

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