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Tyler Perry Pens Heartfelt Message Following Death of His Grandmother, Partner Ms. Cicely Tyson

Tyler Perry Writes Emotional Tribute to Cicely Tyson: ‘She Was the Grandmother I Never Had'

Tyler Perry is sharing some sweet words about his close, longtime friend Cicely Tyson

Tyson and Perry, 51, worked together on several films beginning with 2005's Diary of a Mad Black Woman as well as Why Did I Get Married?, Madea's Family Reunion and Why Did I Get Married Too?

"I was sitting at the table working when I got this overwhelming feeling to watch Miss Jane Pittman. I hadn't seen the movie in years. I didn't even understand the feeling to turn it on, but I did anyway," Perry wrote on Instagram. "Not 12 minutes into the movie my phone rang. It was Oprah calling to tell me that Cicely had died."

He continued, "This one brought me to my knees! She was the grandmother I never had and the wisdom tree that I could always sit under to fill my cup."

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