Author Maya Angelou dies aged 86

Published Wednesday, 28 May 2014
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US author and poet Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.

Author Maya Angelou dies aged 86
US author Maya Angelou. (© Getty)

According to reports she was found at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday.

Her death was confirmed by Wake Forest University, where Angelou was a professor of American Studies.

In a statement, the University said: "Dr Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest.

Her family released a statement, saying: "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 upon us with love."

Angelou was best known for her autobiography I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings, published in 1969.

The work was the first of seven volumes chronicling her life from growing up in the US Deep South in the 1930s.

Angelou worked as an actress, singer and dancer in the 1950s and 1960s.

She was also a prolific activist, befriending Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr.

She read her poem On The Pulse Of The Morning at the inauguration of former President Bill Clinton, which sold more than one million copies in the US.

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cecilia martinez in kent wrote (247 days ago):
I first got to know the work of the great Maya Angelou when as a mature student I went back to college and did African american literature. My first book was I know why the cage bird sings and it reduced me to tears the brutal honesty and the dreadful attack on her by a friend of her mothers. she still went on to become a wonderful story teller a college professor a mother an actress the list is endless and through it all her firm'belief in God and her love of humanity is apparent. God has a place reserved for her in heaven rest in peace Maya you taught me a lot
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