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Maya Angelou dies aged 86

1 of 1 Writer and poet Maya Angelou passed away at her home aged 86.
Writer and poet Maya Angelou passed away at her home aged 86.

Celebrated US writer and poet Maya Angelou has passed away. She was 86.

The beloved figure, who was heavily involved in the civil rights movement, died at her home in Winston-Salam, North Carolina this morning (May 28).

Her son Guy B Johnson confirmed the news in a statement saying: "Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of faculty or comprehension.

"She lived a life as a teacher, activist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love."

She was born Marguerite Annie Johnson in 1928. She is best known for her 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

As well as being a playwright, actor, director, singer and songwriter, she also wrote seven autobiographies.

In 1993, she read On the Pulse of the Morning at President Clinton's first inauguration. The poem later became a best-seller.

Angelou's passing just comes days after cancelling an appearance at a tribute event due to health troubles.

Video courtesy of William J. Clinton Presidential Library
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