Dr. Maya Angelou's family has issued the following official statement via her Facebook page today:
"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"
The famed author and poet died today in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86.