Early Wednesday morning Angelou’s family announced her passing via Facebook and said:
“[Dr. Maya Angelou] 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.”
Allen Joines, Mayor of Winston-Salem, North Carolina., confirmed she was found by her caretaker this morning, according to Piedmont station WGHP. Angelou reportedly had been in failing health for some time.
There’s no further details available about Maya’s passing. The phenomenal woman was 86.