Maya Angelou dies at 86

By Kirstin Buick
28 May 2014

Author Maya Angelou passed away on Wednesday at her home in North Carolina.

Author Maya Angelou passed away on Wednesday at her home in North Carolina.

The celebrated poet, writer and civil rights activist was found dead by a caretaker on Wednesday morning, according to officials at the city of Winston-Salem mayor’s office.

"She'd been very frail and had heart problems, but she was going strong, finishing a new book," her agent Helen Brann told ABC News. "I spoke to her yesterday. She was fine, as she always was. Her spirit was indomitable."

'She was going strong, finishing a new book'

Problems with her health forced the 86-year-old to cancel a May 30 appearance at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon in Houston, where she was to be presented the Beacon Life Award. Maya was the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize and has been dubbed as one of the greatest writers of her generation. She dealt with issues like the struggles of women and African Americans in her writings.

Sources: time.com, abcnews.go.com, dailymail.co.uk

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