Rihanna, Mariah Carey Mourn Passing of 'True Legend' Cicely Tyson

Following the death of 96-year-old actress Cicely Tyson, celebrities, journalists, politicians and other famous figures on Twitter left messages of remembrance and thanks to mark her passing.

While her cause of death has not yet been revealed, she is remembered for her passion for civil rights and acting roles portraying strong Black women, including her Academy Award-nominated role in the 1972 film Sounder, her supporting role in the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes and in the 2011 film The Help.

Short after Tyson's passing, singer Mariah Carey wrote, "Honoring the life of the legendary Ms. Cicely Tyson, a queen who graced the world with her beauty, strength and talent. Grateful for her legacy and for the chance to read her unvarnished truth. Rest In Power."

Honoring the life of the legendary Ms. Cicely Tyson, a queen who graced the world with her beauty, strength and talent. Grateful for her legacy and for the chance to read her unvarnished truth. Rest In Power❤️ pic.twitter.com/To5i88D7ZF

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 29, 2021

Actress Mia Farrow wrote, "She was magnificent- in every role she played and in each treasured encounter I had with her over decades. Cicely Tyson lived a long time but we wanted more - more time, more performances. Rest in Peace magnificent Lady."

She was magnificent- in every role she played and in each treasured encounter I had with her over decades. Cicely Tyson lived a long time but we wanted more - more time, more performances. Rest in Peace magnificent Lady. pic.twitter.com/noNCxVBQM3

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 29, 2021

Actress Laverne Cox wrote, "To have gotten to be in the same room as you multiple times, is truly to have been in the presence of GREATNESS!!. There are no words, just all the feelings you've evoked in us all and the indescribable blueprint, legacy you leave for us all. Thank you REST IN POWER! #cicelytyson".

To have gotten to be in the same room as you multiple times, is truly to have been in the presence of GREATNESS!!. There are no words, just all the feelings you've evoked in us all and the indescribable blueprint, legacy you leave for us all. Thank you REST IN POWER! #cicelytyson pic.twitter.com/6g7cHrEIEP

— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) January 29, 2021

Actress Reese Witherspoon wrote, "Heart broken to hear about Cicely Tyson's passing. I had the honor of traveling with her to visit children in N.O. after the devastation of Katrina. What a gift we experienced to be graced by her wisdom, kindness & compassion for all. She will be missed. May God carry her home."

Heart broken to hear about Cicely Tyson’s passing. I had the honor of traveling with her to visit children in N.O. after the devastation of Katrina. What a gift we experienced to be graced by her wisdom, kindness & compassion for all. She will be missed. May God carry her home 🙏🏼

— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) January 29, 2021

Actress Cynthia Nixon wrote, "America has had a lot of great actresses, but none greater than Cicely Tyson. Rest in Power."

America has had a lot of great actresses, but none greater than Cicely Tyson. Rest in Power ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Fm73m2LVSm

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) January 29, 2021

Actor George Takei wrote, "Cicely Tyson has passed. She led a pioneering career in film, a remarkable feat for an African American woman born 96 years ago. An Emmy and Tony award winning actress, her career on screen and on stage stretched an incredible seven decades. We will miss you dearly, Cicely. RIP."

Cicely Tyson has passed. She led a pioneering career in film, a remarkable feat for an African American woman born 96 years ago. An Emmy and Tony award winning actress, her career on screen and on stage stretched an incredible seven decades. We will miss you dearly, Cicely. RIP.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 29, 2021

Former professional basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson wrote, "Because of her sacrifice & resilience, today we enjoy so many movies portraying strong Black woman characters. Simply put, Cicely Tyson is Black royalty & her incredible talent and spirit will be missed. Cookie & I are praying for the entire Tyson family and her loved ones."

Because of her sacrifice & resilience, today we enjoy so many movies portraying strong Black woman characters. Simply put, Cicely Tyson is Black royalty & her incredible talent and spirit will be missed. Cookie & I are praying for the entire Tyson family and her loved ones.🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/KyujlGKL4v

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 29, 2021

Musician Carole King wrote, "We mourn Cicely Tyson. A Commanding presence in American theater & film. Rest In Peace & Power."

We mourn Cicely Tyson.
A Commanding presence in American theater & film.
Rest In Peace & Power. pic.twitter.com/uw0FGtWUBn

— Carole King (@Carole_King) January 29, 2021

Singer Rihanna wrote, "A true legend!! Rest in power Cicely Tyson."

A true legend!! Rest in power Cicely Tyson 🙏🏿❤️ pic.twitter.com/YvzBEjPNUO

— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 29, 2021

Actress Wanda Sykes wrote, "Cicely Tyson opened doors, broke through ceilings, and made pathways. We will be forever grateful."

Cicely Tyson opened doors, broke through ceilings, and made pathways. We will be forever grateful. pic.twitter.com/k5JKx0eolO

— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) January 29, 2021

TV producer Shonda Rhimes wrote, "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."

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. #cicelytyson https://t.co/RNYkGiooPD pic.twitter.com/b4wMKK1FVj

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 29, 2021

Journalist Dan Rather wrote, "Cicely Tyson was a force on screen and stage. She defined the role of star actor on her terms, and made the arts and America better for it. Her performances were powerful and enchanting. They stuck with you long after the credits ran or the curtain dropped. May she Rest in Peace."

Cicely Tyson was a force on screen and stage. She defined the role of star actor on her terms, and made the arts and America better for it. Her performances were powerful and enchanting. They stuck with you long after the credits ran or the curtain dropped. May she Rest in Peace.

— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 29, 2021

Rapper Common wrote, "I'm so sad to hear the news that trailblazing artist and cultural icon Cicely Tyson has passed away today. While she may be gone, her work and life will continue to inspire millions for years to come. God Bless."

I’m so sad to hear the news that trailblazing artist and cultural icon Cicely Tyson has passed away today. While she may be gone, her work and life will continue to inspire millions for years to come. God Bless. pic.twitter.com/vfvdmIMQxh

— COMMON (@common) January 29, 2021

Actor Jeffrey Wright wrote, "Cicely Tyson was an archetypal American woman on screen & off. She radiated dark grace. Beautiful. To have spent a bit of time with her was a gift. And I have not seen nor ever will see a greater stage performance than her turn on B'way in The Trip to Bountiful at 89-yrs-old. RIP".

Cicely Tyson was an archetypal American woman on screen & off. She radiated dark grace. Beautiful. To have spent a bit of time with her was a gift. And I have not seen nor ever will see a greater stage performance than her turn on B’way in The Trip to Bountiful at 89-yrs-old. RIP

— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) January 29, 2021

Actor Ryan Jamaal Swain wrote, "You are and were the blueprint. To share space with you was to share space with a seeker of truth in every moment. Thank you for our talks. Thank you for you. Thank you for showing me the true meaning of a God thing. Rest well. #CicelyTyson".

You are and were the blueprint. To share space with you was to share space with a seeker of truth in every moment. Thank you for our talks. Thank you for you. Thank you for showing me the true meaning of a God thing. Rest well. #CicelyTyson pic.twitter.com/OrPYuVGxl9

— Ryan Jamaal Swain (@RyanJamaal) January 29, 2021

Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote, "A pioneer with purpose. Cicely Tyson's talent redefined theater, film and television. Her courage, resilience and grace changed the entertainment landscape for generations to come. May she Rest In Power."

A pioneer with purpose. Cicely Tyson’s talent redefined theater, film and television. Her courage, resilience and grace changed the entertainment landscape for generations to come. May she Rest In Power. pic.twitter.com/F3kyDpklJ0

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 29, 2021

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote, "Though we are not related, her mother was friends with my grandmother in the West Indies, with strongly resonant struggles and triumphs. Farewell to a force of nature unto herself — in person, on stage, and on the screen. Cicely Tyson, RIP (1924-2021)."

Though we are not related, her mother was friends with my grandmother in the West Indies, with strongly resonant struggles and triumphs.

Farewell to a force of nature unto herself — in person, on stage, and on the screen. Cicely Tyson, RIP (1924-2021) pic.twitter.com/w1s7KhnTuI

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 29, 2021

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote, "Cicely Tyson was a groundbreaking trailblazer who inspired generations across mediums with her talent and grace. A champion for civil rights and a daughter of East Harlem, she inspired us all."

Cicely Tyson was a groundbreaking trailblazer who inspired generations across mediums with her talent and grace.

A champion for civil rights and a daughter of East Harlem, she inspired us all. https://t.co/nCjYCyQ3mD

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 29, 2021

Democratic California Representative Maxine Waters wrote, "So saddened to hear my friend #CicelyTyson has passed-one of the most profound, talented, & celebrated actors in the industry. She was a serious actor, beautiful & spiritual woman who had unlocked the key to longevity in the way she lived her life. Forever all my love & respect."

So saddened to hear my friend #CicelyTyson has passed-one of the most profound, talented, & celebrated actors in the industry. She was a serious actor, beautiful & spiritual woman who had unlocked the key to longevity in the way she lived her life. Forever all my love & respect. pic.twitter.com/iMJTQLOaIr

— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) January 29, 2021

Author Stephen King wrote, "Cicely Tyson, one of the greats, has passed. May angels sing her to her rest."

Cicely Tyson, one of the greats, has passed. May angels sing her to her rest.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 29, 2021

Actress Peppermint wrote, "What an incredible legacy you leave behind....and an equally incredible absence we will feel. Rest the absolute power! #CicelyTyson"

What an incredible legacy you leave behind....and an equally incredible absence we will feel. Rest the absolute power! #CicelyTyson pic.twitter.com/FsluhcRz47

— Peppermint (@Peppermint247) January 29, 2021

Actress Zendaya wrote, "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."

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. pic.twitter.com/vwchWT5512

— Zendaya (@Zendaya) January 29, 2021

Democratic Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock wrote, "A stage & screen icon, Cicely Tyson used her great talent to tell the stories of Black women and Black history with dignity and grace. Through her acclaimed performances, her philanthropy & more, her life will continue to inspire generations. Job very well done, Ms. Tyson."

A stage & screen icon, Cicely Tyson used her great talent to tell the stories of Black women and Black history with dignity and grace. Through her acclaimed performances, her philanthropy & more, her life will continue to inspire generations.

Job very well done, Ms. Tyson. pic.twitter.com/G82oFYggAk

— Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) January 29, 2021

Actress Ryan Destiny wrote, "Pioneer, legend, icon, QUEEN. Thank you for being so many things to us. For us. Rest In Peace to the beautiful Miss Cicely Tyson. Heartbroken but man, what a life lived."

Pioneer, legend, icon, QUEEN. Thank you for being so many things to us. For us. Rest In Peace to the beautiful Miss Cicely Tyson. Heartbroken but man, what a life lived. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/Wl8j4QyE4A

— RD (@RyanDestiny) January 29, 2021

Actress Phylicia Rashad wrote, "Now light has returned to light. #CicelyTyson."

Now light has returned to light. #CicelyTyson pic.twitter.com/aV8tB2At4f

— Phylicia Rashad (@PhyliciaRashad) January 29, 2021

Journalist Gayle King wrote, "Thank you Cicely Tyson... for everything..."

Thank you Cicely Tyson... for everything... pic.twitter.com/6LslgGYtOx

— Gayle King (@GayleKing) January 29, 2021

Newsweek contacted Cicely's agent for comment.

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Celebrities on Twitter reacted to the death of 96-year-old actress Cicely Tyson with messages and tribute. In this September 8, 2018 photo, Tyson attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty