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As the world mourns the profound loss of legendary actor Sidney Poitier, Oprah Winfrey took to social media to pay tribute to “the greatest of the ‘Great Trees.'”

In a post on her Instagram page, Oprah shared a photo of herself and Sidney embracing with the caption:

For me, the greatest of the “Great Trees” has fallen: Sidney Poitier. My honor to have loved him as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher. 

The utmost, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, gracious, eloquent life. I treasured him. I adored him. He had an enormous soul I will forever cherish. Blessings to Joanna and his world of beautiful daughters ????????

See her original post below.

May he rest in paradise.