One of America’s most beloved poets and authors, Maya Angelou, has passed away. According to published reports the 86 year-old legend died in her home located in Winston-Salem, N.C. according to local authorities (she herself was born in the city of St. Louis).
As with proper procedure, the exact cause of death is under investigation, she passed away earlier today (Wednesday). SIt was just a week ago that Angelou had canceled a public appearance at the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards luncheon, at that event she was scheduled to be honored for her amazing work throughout the years. The official reason given for the cancellation was due to “health reasons,” and the poet was hospitalized last month for undisclosed health-reasons.
Angelou’s last message to her fans came via Twitter, “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” The renowned poet achieved so much in her lifetime, often times seen as a source of inspiration, comfort and hope. Angelou was given the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, she received the Lincoln Medal in 2008.
Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) May 23, 2014