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Poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelo gives a thumbs up to the delegation after her speech during the second night of the Democratic National Convention at the FleetCenter in Boston, July 27, 2004. Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry is expec
Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died:
Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died. She was 86. [...]

Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems. She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.

Condolences to her family, friends and legions of admirers. She will be missed.

UPDATE - Her family has released a brief statement on her Facebook page:

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.
Guy B. Johnson

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:34 AM PDT.

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