Maya Angelou, the American author and poet, died on the morning of
May 28, 2014, according to a family
statement. She was found by her caregiver. She had reportedly been in poor health and had
canceled recent scheduled appearances.
Tributes were paid by Barack Obama, who called her "one of the brightest lights of our time" and "a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman" and Bill Clinton, who described her works as "gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace".
Harold Augenbraum, from the National Book Foundation, said that Angelou's "legacy is one that all writers and readers across the world can admire and aspire to.
«I've been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her.
She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.»Oprah Winfrey posted on her personal FB profile after the announcement of Maya Angelou death.