Louis Gossett Jr., first Black man to win supporting actor Oscar, dies at 87

Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar, has died at the age of 87.

Gossett’s nephew told The Associated Press on Friday that the actor – who also won an Emmy for his role in the TV series “Roots” – died Thursday night in Santa Monica, California. The cause of death has not yet been released.

Louis Gossett Jr. poses for a portrait in New York to promote the release of “Roots: The Complete Original Series” on Blu-ray on May 11, 2016. (Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

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