Viola Davis pays tribute to How To Get Away with Murder co-star Cicely Tyson

Amy West
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Photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez - Getty Images

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Viola Davis has shared a touching tribute to late co-star Cicely Tyson.

Following the news that Tyson had passed away on Thursday (January 28) at the age of 96, the Ma Rainey's Black Bottom actor took to Instagram to share a photo of herself hugging the Oscar nominee.

"I'm devastated. My heart is just broken," she began the heartfelt caption.

"I loved you so much!! You were everything to me! You made me feel loved and seen and valued in a world where there is still a cloak of invisibility for us dark chocolate girls.

"You gave me permission to dream....because it was only in my dreams that I could see the possibilities in myself. I'm not ready for you to be my angel yet," Davis continued.

"But...I also understand that it's only when the last person who has a memory of you dies, that you'll truly be dead. In that case, you will be immortal.

"Thank you for shifting my life. Thank you for the long talks. Thank you for loving me. Rest well."

The pair not only shared the screen together in Shonda Rhimes's long-running legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder – in which Tyson played Ophelia Harkness, the mother of Davis's Annalise Keating – but in the 2011 movie The Help, too.

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Photo credit: Rodin Eckenroth - Getty Images

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Amirah Vann and Bellamy Young, who also appeared in HTGAWM, shared their own condolences on the post in the form of several love heart emojis.

Early on in her career, Tyson broke ground when she became the first Black woman to appear in a main role in TV drama East Side/West Side in the 1960s.

Her performance in Sounder led to her being nominated for Best Actress at the 1972 Academy Awards. Two years later, she went on to win two Primetime Emmys for her work in civil rights-era film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

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