Legendary poet Maya Angelou dead at 86

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    Acclaimed poet and novelist Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86.

    CNN reports that the “Phenomenal Woman” writer died this morning in her Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home. UsMagazine.com reports that she was found by her caretaker.

    Maya recently raised concerns when she canceled her appearance at the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon due to “health reasons.” Maya was set to be honored at the event, which takes place on May 30. The I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author had also backed out of an appearance back in April, according to The Huffington Post.

    Born April 4, 1928, Maya rose from humble beginnings in St. Louis to become a civil rights activist and world renowned author. She even received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2011, which is the United States’ highest civilian honor.

    Days before her death, Maya shared a few words of wisdom on Twitter, writing:

    Sister 2 Sister offers its condolences to Maya’s friends, family and loved ones at this time.

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