Maya Angelou Dead at 86: Renowned Author, Poet, Professor

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:05 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Maya Angelou, the renowned author and poet best known for book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," has died, according to multiple reports. She was 86.

Angelou, who was also an active leader in the civil rights movement, reportedly died Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, according to WXII.com. Her death was confirmed by her agent, according to CNN.com.

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The local station reported that a police car, ambulance, and hearse were all spotted outside the famed poet's residence Wednesday morning.

Also a professor, singer, dancer, and actress, Angelou was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis Missouri, but grew up in Arkansas, where she experienced racial segregation firsthand.

Despite never going to college, she held more than 30 honorary degrees, spoke at least six languages, and had been nominated for Tony Awards for her work on Broadway, according to CNN.

As news of her death spread, tons of Twitter users took to the social medium to pay tribute to Angelou and her legendary contributions to the literary world.

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