Oscar-nominated actress Cicely Tyson dies days after emotional interview

Oscar-nominated actress Cicely Tyson has died aged 96, her family has confirmed, with tributes flooding in from greats of the showbiz world.

Everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Barack Obama has honoured Tyson's legacy on the screen, looking back at a career that spanned 70 years.

Tyson's death was announced by her family on Thursday night, in a statement that read: "With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful transition this afternoon. At this time, please allow the family their privacy."

Her tragic death comes just days after she gave an emotional interview to CBS This Morning host Gayle King, discussing her status as a "legend" in Hollywood.

During the televised interview, Tyson said: “I’m amazed every single day I live.”

The screen star also reflected on her career, having risen to fame as an actress of film, television and Broadway productions.

When asked whether she has plans to do "more" in the future, she told King: “Yes! That’s why I’m still here.

"What my life became is not what I expected. I had no idea that I would touch anybody.”

Over the course of her glittering career, Tyson received three Emmys, one Tony Award and was nominated for an Oscar on several occasions.

Tyson's manager, Larry Thompson, also paid tribute to her memory, branding the experience of working with her as a "privilege".

He said: "I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing.

"Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree."

Former President Obama also send his condolences to the Tyson family, remembering the "mark" she left on the world with her charisma and talent as an actress.

He said: "In her extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson was one of the rare award-winning actors whose work on the screen was surpassed only by what she was able to accomplish off of it.

"She had a heart unlike any other—and for 96 years, she left a mark on the world that few will ever match."

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