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Maya Angelou Dies at Age 86

One of America’s most beloved poets, authors, and civil rights activists, Dr. Maya Angelou, has passed away at age 86.

The news was confirmed by her family on Wednesday, after her caretaker found her that morning.

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"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."

A statement was issued by the family that read, “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.”

Dr. Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems

She is best known for her series of autobiographical books, which started with “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”.

A women with many talents, she received several awards for her work in poetry and civil rights activism. She was set to be awarded the Beacon of Life Award at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on May 30th.

Dr. Angelou was named as one of the most admired people in the world, according to this Elon poll.

Although never a college graduate herself, she received over 50 honorary degrees and served as the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

The world has lost one of its greatest voices.

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