How did Sacheen Littlefeather die? American actress cause of death Explained

How did Sacheen Littlefeather die American actress cause of death Explained

The Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather, notable for declining Marlon Brandon’s best actor title in Oscar in 1973, has passed away. Let’s see what happened, how Sacheen Littlefeather died, and her cause of death in detail.


How did Sacheen Littlefeather die?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official Twitter account confirmed Littlefeather’s death, saying that Sacheen Littlefeather had passed away at 75 and the message reads

Sacheen Littlefeather, Native American civil rights activist who famously declined Marlon Brando’s 1973 Best Actor Academy Award, dies at 75.

The family of Sacheen Littlefeather revealed to the public that she passed away on Sunday in Marin County, California, “peacefully at home” and “surrounded by loved ones.”


Sacheen Littlefeather Cause of Death

Littlefeather disclosed in 2018 that she was fighting Stage 4 breast cancer. Her passing occurred a few weeks after the Academy Awards finally apologized to her.

Nearly 50 years ago, the actress and activist refused an Oscar on behalf of Brando, who skipped the ceremony in opposition to how Hollywood portrayed Native Americans. At that time Littlefeather made a speech, which was roundly derided and taunted by a large portion of the audience.

Last year she said in the interview, that cancer had metastasized to her right lung and she was terminally ill. After a long struggle, she died on Sunday in her home peacefully.

Sacheen Littlefeather’s Career

Sacheen is a Native American civil right activist, model, and actress from the United States. Littlefeather was born to mother who is European American and father who is Native American. 
She joined the Native American activist scene during the Alcatraz occupation in 1969. As a California State University Heyward alumna, she studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, starred in movies including “Counselor at Crime,” “The Trial of Billy Jack,” and “Johnny Firecloud” etc.  The National American Indian Performing Arts were eventually co-founded by her.

In The Godfather, Brando played Vito Corleone. He was awarded a Best Actor nomination for the performance at the 45th Academy Awards, but he declined it. On behalf of Brando, Littlefeathe received criticism for her speech on stage.


Tributes to Sacheen Littlefeather

Joe Leydon tweeted,

R.I.P. #SacheenLittlefeather — who, in addition to her other accomplishments, had a supporting role in 1978 Western “Shoot the Sun Down” starring Christopher Walken and A Martinez.

Ruben Nepales tweeted,

RIP, #SacheenLittlefeather. “And I’m crossing over soon to the spirit world, and you know, I’m not afraid to die. That’s one thing, I’m not afraid to die, because we come from a ‘we, us, and our society. We don’t come from a ‘me, I, myself’ society.

Dallas Goldtooth retweeted Emmy Scott’s tweet saying,

Rest in Power Sacheen Little Feather

Emmy Scott tweeted,

Prayers for Sacheen Littlefeather’s journey & for her family. She deserved much better from film industry. She is a true leader of the Native people and will be remembered as one who sacrificed greatly to stand up for our truth. Rest in Power.

Hansraj Meena tweeted,

RIP #SacheenLittlefeather. Sacheen Littlefeather was an Indigenous activist who famously rejected the Oscar for Best Actor in 1973on behalf of Marlon Brando in protest against the mistreatment of Indigenous People in Hollywood & to bring attention to the Wounded Knee Occupation.



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