Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr dies aged 87

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By Noor Nanji

Culture reporter

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

The New York-born actor won the Academy Award in 1982 for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman.

Gossett also won an Emmy in 1978 for his role in Roots, the ground-breaking TV mini-series about slavery.

His death was confirmed by his family to the BBC's US partner CBS. No cause of death was given.

Gossett made his Broadway debut as a teenager and later starred in shows such as A Raisin in the Sun and Golden Boy.

He went on to gain critical acclaim across a six-decade career.

Gossett continued acting into later life and his last role was in the 2023 musical remake of The Color Purple.

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