US Actress Carol Sutton, 76, has died from corona virus complications in her home city of New Orleans where she was being treated in hospital.
Stars, directors and politicians who knew Sutton have been paying tribute to her.
“We celebrate the life of the stellar Carol Sutton. It was our honour to welcome this veteran actress of stage and screen to our show,” tweeted director, Ava DuVernay.
The series, which began in 2016, addresses themes of racial profiling, slavery and inequality facing African-Americans.
“May she rise and rest in peace and power,” Ms DuVernay added
Sutton’s career began in New Orleans when she was invited to join the city’s Dashiki Project Theatre in the late 1960s.
For half a century, she appeared in Hollywood films and TV series including Steel Magnolias, Queen Sugar, and True Detective.