Maya Angelou died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina last night after battling a mysterious illness.
The legendary poet, author and activist was 86. No funeral or memorial service arrangements have been announced at this time.
One of the most famous literary figures of her time, Angelou received dozens of honorary titles and degrees from universities all over the globe.
She is perhaps best known for her 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which recounts Angelou's early years growing up in the prejudiced South of the 1930s.
Angelou would follow that book with six more volumes of memoirs each exploring a different period of her remarkable life.