Award-winning author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou died on Wednesday at her home in Winston Salem, N.C. She was 86.
A statement from her family said that she passed peacefully.
A battle with health issues caused Angelou to cancel several recent appearances, WBTV reports.
Angelou was a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and in 2011 President Barack Obama presented her with the Medal of Freedom -- the nation's highest civilian honor.
One of Angelou's most acclaimed books, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," detailed growing up in the Jim Crow South. The memoir, published in 1969, made Angelou the first black woman best-seller.
People have taken to social media to celebrate her life by posting their favorite quotes from her over the years.