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Sidney Poitier died at his home in Beverly Hills from a combination of heart failure, Alzheimer’s dementia, and prostate cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by TMZ on January 18. A biopsy and autopsy were not performed, the report stated.

Sidney Tamiaa, Poitier’s daughter, alluded to her father’s health struggles in her tribute. “In these last few years, his body grew weaker and his ability to communicate failed him but the goodness remained,” she wrote on Instagram. “In fact it grew even greater. It radiated out of him through his eyes, his smile, through the tiniest gestures,” she added of his last days, before explaining that she and her sister Anika would spend most of their time with him whenever they could.

Poitier was initially diagnosed with prostate cancer in his 60s but survived the disease after undergoing surgery. He once told Vanity Fair, “I was happiest making films, writing books, and surviving prostate cancer.” It is unclear when his cancer returned, and his struggles with dementia were not publicly known.

Source: Nicki Swift

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