Maya Angelou Dead at 86

By: Jodi Phillips
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(Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Civil rights activist and award-winning author Maya Angelou has died at age 86.

After battling health problems in Winston-Salem, N.C., the city’s mayor confirmed she was found by her caretaker Wednesday morning.

PHOTOS: Remembering Maya Angelou

Angelou was one of the most powerful voices in the civil rights movement, using her influence to establish herself as a legendary poet, actress, novelist and even received more than 50 honorary degrees.

There is no other information at this time.

Angelou was born in 1928 and was asked by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 60s to serve as northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  She was also a Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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