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Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. died early Friday morning in Santa Monica, California at the age of 87. Prior to his passing, he had been battling prostate cancer and respiratory illness related to toxic mold in his former home. An official cause of death hasn’t been made public.

Gossett Jr. was well-known for his role as Sgt. Emil Foley in the film An Officer and a Gentleman, which earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and made him the first Black man to win in that category. His other notable works include the miniseries adaptation of Roots and was most recently in the HBO series Watchmen and the 2023 adaptation of The Color Purple. He is survived by two sons.