US author, poet Maya Angelou dies in North Carolina: reports

Published: May 28, 2014
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 File phot of Maya Angelou receiving a Medal of Freedom from US President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, February 15, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

File phot of Maya Angelou receiving a Medal of Freedom from US President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, February 15, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

WINSTON-SALEM: US author and poet Maya Angelou has died at age 86 in North Carolina, local media reported on Wednesday, citing her agent and a local official.

Angelou provided eloquent commentary on race, gender and living life to its fullest in poems and memoirs such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which brought her wide acclaim.

She wrote more than 30 books and was a Grammy winner for three spoken-word albums. She had a home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she was a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University.

She was honored at the National Book Awards ceremony last year for her service to the literary community.

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  • Moiz Omar
    May 28, 2014 - 10:00PM

    Rest in peace Maya Angelou. A great and tragic loss.

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  • sterry
    May 28, 2014 - 11:19PM

    I read her life story to my children long ago for inspiration – she showed the world that all things are possible and that love matters, especially to love yourself. One of her favorite sayings we often share at home is, “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”.

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  • Saddened
    May 31, 2014 - 1:35AM

    She was a wonderful human being and an accomplished poet and author.

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