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Poet and Essayist Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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It was announced on Wednesday morning that poet and essayist Maya Angelou died at the age of 86, according to TMZ. Angelou died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina while attempting to recover from an unknown sickness. A call was made to 911 at 7:39 a.m. to report a death. Angelou passed surrounded by family members.

Just yesterday, Angelou posted on Facebook that doctors told her not to travel. This caused her to cancel a trip to Houston. She was going to be honored with the Beacon of Life Award at the Civil Rights Game for Major League Baseball on Friday.

  
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Angelou has been awarded more than 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

Around 8:10 a.m. PT on Wednesday morning, the family of Angelou posted the following on the poet’s Facebook page:

“Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”

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President Barack Obama called Angelou “one of the brightest lights of our time. Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya.”



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