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Renowned Author and Poet Maya Angelou Dead

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Maya Angelou, the renowned poet, novelist and actress whose work defied description under a simple label died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

She was 86.

Angelou recently cancelled a scheduled appearance at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon, where she was to be honored with the Beacon of Life Award citing health problems.

Angelou has been honored with more than 50 awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for her collected works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, including her groundbreaking memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made history as one of the first nonfiction best-sellers by an African-American woman.

Also see: Maya Angelou: 15 quotes

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