Legendary writer, Maya Angelou dies at 86 years old Wednesday in her Winston-Salem, North Carolina home. She has been suffering from heart problems and described as “frail” according to her literary agent, Helen Brann.
She was born April 4, 1928 as Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis Missouri. The three time Grammy winner was a ‘gift to humanity’.
“She’d been very frail and had heart problems, but she was going strong, finishing a new book,” said Brann to ABC News. “I spoke to her yesterday. She was fine, as she always was. Her spirit was indomitable.”
President Obama acknowledged her passing and released a statement paying his respects along with many notable figures.
“Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, fierce friend and truly a phenomenal woman. She inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya,” said Obama.
The literary mother to many left behind a body of work that has influenced the masses. The poet, activist, actor, novelist and so much more sent her last tweet four days ago.
She tweeted, “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”
Angelou canceled an appearance recently reportedly due to health reasons at the 2014 Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon in Houston, Texas. The legendary writer was going to be honored before the annual Civil Rights Game.
Angelou penned her famous ‘I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings’ in 1969, which chronicled her childhood during the Jim Crow period. It was one of the first notable autobiographies written by a black woman during that time. She has written countless poems including; Phenomenal Woman, On the Pulse of Morning, and A Brave and Starling Truth. She was also a dancer, film/ television producer, playwright, film director and a professor.