Dr. Maya Angelou Dead at 86


Poet, author, actress, and civil rights advocate Dr. Maya Angelou has died at her home in North Carolina at the age of 86, according to Piedmont News station MyFOX8.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning. Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems. She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.

Angelou was set to be honored with the “Beacon of Life Award” at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on May 30 in Houston.

Angelou's last tweet, published five days ago:

…Angelou is famous for saying, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

"And Still I Rise"


  1. Jeff says

    Thank you for your life and all you gave to us Dr. Angelou. May you rest in peace and love.

  2. Cd in DC says

    favorite quote of hers thru Oprah “always believe what someone says about himself,” if only we could hear the Elliot Rodgers before they kill others.

  3. says

    Great video of “Still I Rise”. Dr. Angelou certainly sweeps you into the narrative. She had throngs of LGBT admirers, she will be missed.

  4. pete n sfo says

    “When people show themselves to you… believe them.”

    Oprah has said it so many times people think it was she that said it first. It was Maya and it is so true.

  5. Dback says

    “A great lady…a very great lady.” (Rhett Butler, talking about Melanie Wilkes, but it definitely applies here as well.)

  6. says

    To the troll, with no life, and no love, and no spine – trying to post inane things in my name only proves what everyone who reads this blog knows to be right about you – you are indeed the worthless coward your father always knew you to be. Truly. You are the unimpressive, unloved, disrespected wuss that you know in your heart you are, and always will be. For that you have my pity. Not sympathy, just my pity.

    You know, you really should read some of Dr. Maya Angelou’s writings. It may just wake you up to the world of joy and understanding that you so far have gone without. Posting racist things in my name won’t make my life worse, won’t make your life better, and won’t change that you were a crushing disappointment to everyone who’s ever known you. It only provides a distraction for you to avoid the fact that you are a person that has made no positive impact, to anyone, at any time, ever.

    Read “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” – lord knows you need its messages.

  7. Howard B says

    The world is a better place because of the life that Maya Angelou lived. Too bad the same can’t be said for MaryM.

  8. BRAINS says

    To the coward posting in “LITTLE KIWI’s” name, we know who you are! You little piece of poor protoplasm! Your joy of injecting hatred into this forum might please your little mind, but burns your decrepit soul.

    Remember the rest of us know you under many an assumed name all used instead of that which belongs to you, Coward!

  9. Jack M says

    Howard B – you beat me to it. The world is indeed a better place because of her, and that’s the best think that can be said of anyone’s life. RIP.

  10. Derrick from Philly says

    I saw and heard her speak in the 1990s. She was not only a great American writer, but she was also a great speaker. She could explain to those of us who had given up why it was important to keep on going. That’s a pretty useful gift to have and give.

  11. Derrick from Philly says

    One more thing: Rod McCullom mentions on his blog that Maya Angelou may have been the first person to ever mention Gay people at a presidential inauguation. In her poem she wrote for Bill Clinton she was talking about folks who have faced oppression.

  12. stranded says

    The definition of an inspirational life lived with courage, wisdom, grace and love. Thank you thank you thank you for your many gifts to us.

  13. greenfuzz says

    This is sad news but she had a long colorful amazing life and will be remembered and loved immensely. Some of the responses on here are tacky and disrespectful. No wonder a lot of folks don’t want to come on this sitr much anymore.

  14. Shannon says