Today US author and poet Maya Angelou, 86, died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her son Guy B Johnson confirmed the news in a statement on Facebook:
"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 appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love."
Angelou was a poet, playwright and novelist and wrote seven autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings on the racial discrimination and abuse she experienced growing up. She was also a civil rights activist and was good friends with Luther King and Malcolm X.
Her words touched millions, especially as her work is a fixture on many school and university reading lists. Social media has been flooded with tributes, including many of her own beautiful words. Read below to see how the likes of Beyonce and Lena Dunham have paid tribute to Maya Angelou ...