LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reaction to the death of Tony and Emmy-winning actor Cicely Tyson at 96.
“This one hurts, today we honor and celebrate the life of one of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you Cicely Tyson. Rest in great power.” — Emmy-winning actress Zendaya via Twitter.
“Cicely Tyson is one of those legends you’d hoped we would have forever. And you knew it was a silly dream but you dreamt it anyway. This day is hard for so many reasons. This is a massive loss. Thank you for your gifts, queen.” — actor-comedian-writer Robin Thede via Twitter.
“She was an extraordinary person. And this is an extraordinary loss. She had so much to teach. And I still have so much to learn. I am grateful for every moment. Her power and grace will be with us forever.” — Shonda Rhimes via Instagram.
“Legend. Rest in Paradise Queen. Thank you for kicking doors down for girls like me. #CicelyTyson” — actor Tika Sumpter via Twitter.
“So many great stories about Cicely Tyson! Whew: that lady was amazing. While shooting a doc on her in Spanish Harlem—people kept stopping their cars! In the street! To hop out and say hi! Old people. Teenagers. Middle aged fans. “Ciss-el-lee” they’d chant as she’d walk by!” — Soledad O’Brien via Twitter.
“The King Center joins the world in remembering the life and legacy of #CicelyTyson. Trailblazer is not a sufficient description. What a legendary artist, sage and matriarch. We salute her. Rest in power, Lady Cicely.” — The Martin Luther King, Jr Center via Twitter.
“If only we could be as blessed as the prolific, vivacious and pioneering Cicely Tyson to live to be 96 and have had such a full life, accomplish so many awesome milestones and leave such an incredible body of work. She’ll never be forgetten! #CicelyTyson” — comedian-actor Sherri Shepherd.
“The world lost a trailblazer today. #CicelyTyson paved the way for so many artists after her and beautifully portrayed iconic roles such as Harriett Tubman and my mother, Coretta Scott King.
Rest in peace, Cicely. You will be missed.” — Martin Luther King III via Twitter.