Thursday, May 29, 2014
Maya Angelou, 86, Dies
Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, 86, died at her home in Winston-Salem, NC early Wednesday morning. She had been in failing health for some time, cancelling an awards appearance several days earlier. "She'd been very frail and had heart problems, but she was going strong, finishing a new book," Angelou's agent Helen Brann told ABC News.
"I spoke to her yesterday. She was fine, as she always was. Her spirit was indomitable." Angelou was the author of more than 30 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, most notably I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS (1969) and most recently MOM AND ME AND MOM (2013). Last fall she was honored with the National Book Foundation's Literarian Award.