Maya Angelou Dead - Award Winning Author & Activist Passes Away at 86

Maya Angelou Dead - Award Winning Author & Activist Passes Away at 86

Award winning author, poet, and activist Dr. Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Fox reports.

The respected public figure was found unresponsive in her home by her caretaker on Wednesday morning (May 28). The publication also reports that Dr. Angelou was in poor health, and had canceled a public appearance recently.

Maya was about to receive the Beacon of Life Award at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on May 30 in Houston, Tex.

Our thoughts go out to Maya‘s friends and loved ones during this difficult time.

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# 1

Rest In Peace, Maya Angelou.

# 2

REST IN PEACE.

one of the most inspirational, joyous, smart and wise people EVER.

xoxoxoxoxooxxooxoxn

# 3

This picture scared the bejebus outta me!

# 5

Such sad news. Her work will continue to inspire and lift people. Rest in peace.

# 6

She will truly be missed. What an amazing women

# 7

God rest her lovely soul
JJ you could have used a picture where she doesn’t look like Ray Charles

# 8

Rest in peace Maya Angelou … I don’t get why people have to act so ignorant and worry about how the picture looks. The picture doesn’t matter she passed away! Would it kill some people to say something nice without having to add something negative!?

# 9

If you people want to grieve for her, fine, but let’s not get carried away. What is truly worth grieving for are the deaths of the young students at UC Santa Barbara who didn’t have a chance to reach the age of 86 and accomplish all sorts of great things.

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.– Maya Angelou

RIP great lady.

Lena

I am glad you were placed on this earth to do what you did, for you will always be an inspiration to many. May you rest in peace.

@mira:

every life is the GREATEST in it’s own space and time it receives.

If you people want to grieve for her fine, but let’s not get carried away. What is truly worth grieving for are the deaths of the young students at UC Santa Barbara who didn’t have a chance to reach the age of 86 and accomplish all sorts of great things.

@#13 – Sorry for the double post.

Great lady

@Sheyenne: I don’t get why people have to be so ignorant to worry about what i say RIP!

I don’t get why everyone is so sad She was just a writer?

What else did she do that was so important??

Don’t get me wrong its always sad when people die, I just never heard of her before.

@nash:

I just read up on her on CNN. What an amazing life she lived.

Great Lady! Brilliant activist and writer!

Oprah will be depressed. @ 05/28/2014 at 11:53 am

She should have taken her example and become humble instead of extremely racist and arrogant.

Oh my gosh, her poems were some of my favorite in college.

R.I.P Dr Angelou

@nash: She was more than just a writer, she was a civil rights activist and I’m sorry you’ve never heard of her I urge you to read her poem they are incredible.

R.I.P. – Your writings were PHENOMENAL to me. :)

Mira @ 10:18am: We all choose to grieve who we want. I grieve the UCSB students too but that doesn’t take away from the legacy of this great woman. She has given hope to generations of women. She has shared her art with us. She was a child who was so abused that she was mute for many years as a child yet somehow foudn the courage to become a great storyteller. Read her books and her quotes and maybe you can find some level of grace in them. Grace will help you not pit one pain against another. You can learn a lot from Maya. RIP Maya.

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