Kate Ward
April 10, 2011 AT 03:52 PM EDT

Don Johnson, who starred in Sidney Lumet’s 1993 film Guilty As Sin, has released a statement to EW about the late director, who passed away Saturday at the age of 86. Said Johnson in his statement: “I’m saddened to learn of the great Sidney Lumet’s passing.  I believe Sidney’s abundant energy and creative consciousness lives on. Of course through his vast contribution to our art during his life, but also beyond, into whatever form his consciousness becomes. And through the millions of lives he touched with his passion, love and kindness. So long Sidney. With love and gratitude,  DJ.”

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