American poet, author, civil rights activist, Grammy winner, playwright and actress Maya Angelou has died.
The author of the acclaimed memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was found dead at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Thursday, according to local media reports. She was 86.
Her literary agent Helen Brann confirmed Angelou’s death with CNN.
Angelou was the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University and was best known for her autobiographical works and poetry. She read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the 1993 presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton.
Angelou had suffered from undisclosed health concerns in recent years and had slowed down her speaking engagements and book tours.
Her last tweet was posted on May 23 and read: “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”