Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died. She was 86.
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning.
Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems. She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.
Angelou was set to be honored with the â€œBeacon of Life Awardâ€ at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on May 30 in Houston.
Outside Maya Angelou’s home in Winston-Salem (WGHP)
Outside Dr. Maya Angelouâ€™s home in Winston-Salem (WGHP)
Angelou, one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, is a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, producer, actress, filmmaker and civil rights activist.
She has received over 50 honorary degrees and was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
Angelou is famous for saying, â€œIâ€™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.â€
Maya Angelouâ€™s birth name was Marguerite Annie Johnson, and she was fluent in 6 languages
Angelou was also named one of the 10 most admired North Carolinians in a recent Elon Poll.
There are no further details at this time.
Dr. Maya Angelouâ€™s last tweet:
Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) May 23, 2014