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Maya Angelou

America's Poet Laureate Dead at 86

5/28/2014 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Maya Angelou Dead
8:10 AM PT --
Angelou's family just posted on her Facebook page, "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."

9:50 AM PT -- President Obama calls Angelou "one of the brightest lights of our time" ... in a statement he just released. He added, "Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya."
Maya Angelou
 -- one of America's most famous poets -- has died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina while recovering from a mystery sickness.

Angelou had been recovering from an "unexpected ailment." We're told paramedics got a 911 call at 7:39 A.M. from someone reporting a death at her home. She died with family by her side.

In a Facebook post yesterday, she said doctors had advised her not to travel ... forcing her to cancel a planned trip to Houston ... where Maya was to be honored Friday with the Beacon of Life Award at Major League Baseball's Civil Rights Game.

The famed author has received more than 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

Her most famous book -- "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" -- was also her most controversial ... for its depiction of lesbians, premarital sex, and porn.

Oprah Winfrey has called Angelou her mentor -- they met while Oprah was working in local news in Baltimore in the 80s.

Angelou famously spoke at Bill Clinton's 1993 Inauguration ... reciting her poem "On the Pulse of Morning." 

Angelou was one of the most inspiring poets of our time -- most famously saying, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."



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HRH Prince Michael    

From A Dream, to a Drone
From Segregation, to Suppression
From Oppression, to Oppressor,
From Freedom, to Fascism,
I Know Why,
The Caged Bird.....Flies.
(c)2014 The House of David/Melchizedek Muse Music

151 days ago


A true legend is gone, but never forgotten. RIP Maya Angelou

151 days ago


All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures, great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
My life has been balanced
with pleasures and trials;
I've had many teardrops
and thousands of smiles.
We will never forget you Ms. Maya Angelou and the world mourns your passing. Rest On Queen Lyrical, we shall meet again.

151 days ago


I love her. I'm going to watch I know why the cage bird sings today and just go off my diet and eat like a pig.

151 days ago


Remarkable woman. She had my full attention everytime she opened her mouth and her grace and charm came out in her words. God is receiving a wonderful woman today.

151 days ago


RIP to such a strong and positive Black Role Model! She is proof that African Americans do not have to become a product of their environment. The color of our skin does not have to hold us back! Let's raise our children to become educated citizens. Not ignorant rappers. Sorry for the "I'm black and I'm proud" rant but she really was a phenomenal and inspiring woman!

151 days ago


A beautiful,intelligent,Phenomenal woman.

151 days ago


RIP Mother of many.

151 days ago


Thank you Ms. Angelou. Take your rest in the arms of our Sweet Heavenly Father.

151 days ago


R.I.P Maya, such an inspiring strong wise woman!

151 days ago


One less racist.

151 days ago
42. Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

While the khuntrashians live on...smh. fly Maya

151 days ago


All the blacks will be crying today...GET READY!

151 days ago


RIP .. An eloquent inspirational woman.

151 days ago

Betsy Fogarty    

I had the pleasure of writing to her once and she in turn wrote me Back ~ I forever will hold her words of wisdom ever so close to my heart ~ Truly a sad day ~ Rip Ms Angelou ~

151 days ago
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