Lawmakers remember actress Cicely Tyson
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Lawmakers and U.S. public figures took to Twitter to remember Hollywood legend Cicely Tyson who died at age 96 on Thursday. 

Tyson, a pioneering actor best known for playing strong, Black characters, passed away on Thursday afternoon, according to a statement released by her family and obtained by The Associated Press later in the day

"With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful transition this afternoon. At this time, please allow the family their privacy," the statement read.


Several members of the House took to the social media platform to honor Tyson. 

“So saddened to hear my friend #CicelyTyson has passed-one of the most profound, talented, & celebrated actors in the industry,” Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Pelosi calls on CDC to extend eviction moratorium unilaterally MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted.

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,” Waters added. 


“Thank you for leaving a legacy of cinematic art behind, for using your gifts to tell Black stories & to convey our full humanity. And thank you for doing it all with style, flair & grace inimitable,” Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans On The Money: Schumer, Warren call on Biden to extend student loan pause | IMF estimates 6 percent global growth this year Schumer, Warren call on Biden to extend student loan pause and wipe out K per borrower MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted. 

Other Democratic representatives also took to Twitter to honor Tyson. 

"Beautiful, Brilliant, Powerful, Timeless. When she spoke we all listened. Through grace, talent, unshakable dignity, and sheer will, she broke barriers and modeled an example for millions of people of all backgrounds. We are grateful for a life well lived," wrote Florida Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Cuba, Haiti pose major challenges for Florida Democrats MORE (D).

In addition, Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Bernice King, also expressed her sympathies for the star’s passing. 

During her career that spanned decades, Tyson earned three Emmy Awards, an honorary Academy Award, a Tony Award, Peabody Award, four Black Reel Awards and one Screen Actors Guild Award.

She starred in movies and TV shows such as "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and "How to Get Away with Murder," "The Help," "Sounder" and many more. 

In 2016, Tyson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Obama.