Legendary author and poet, Maya Angelou passed away on Wednesday, May 28 at the age of 86.
Angelou’s literary agent, Helen Brann confirmed that the I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings author died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “She’d been very frail and had heart problems, but she was going strong, finishing a new book,” Brann told ABC News. “I spoke to her yesterday. She was fine, as she always was. Her spirit was indomitable.”
Angelou’s family also released the following statement:
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.
Maya was an impeccable poet, writer and journalist. Angelou, who has written seven autobiographies, three books of essays and a slew of books filled with brilliant poems, is most known for her biographies which chronicled her days as a troubled young child growing up in the South.
Celebrities instantly took to social media with their reactions, many sharing their favorite quotes, poems or books written by the late poet.
Kelly Rowland: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – RIP Maya Angelou.”
Beyonce: “Rest in peace phenomenal woman.”
Kerry Washington: “But still, like air, she rises. Yes Ma’am. Rise. Rise. Rise.
Common: “I was thinking about her lately. GOD Bless the Soul of one if my heroes. Dr Maya Angelou.”
Boris Kodjoe: “Rest in peace, Maya Angelou. You will be missed so much by so many. Marguerite Johnson, actress, dancer, and writer, was the first black woman to have an original screenplay produced, “Georgia Georgia,” which she directed.”
Mimi Faust: “Rest in peace Maya Angelou you will be missed!!!! Phenomenal woman!”
Tasha Smith: “
#MayaAngelou gave us powerful words that will inspire us forever.”
Mary J. Blige: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou.
Wendy Williams: “RIP Maya Angelou been wanting to post this quote for a long time…today it’s in your honor.”
Ellen DeGeneres: “Today the world lost one of it’s greatest gifts. I’m sending love to the friends and family of Maya Angelou.”