Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

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Posted on CNN By Faith Karimi and Ashley Fantz, updated on 11:31 AM EDT, Wed May 28, 2014

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(CNN) — A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.

Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann.

The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

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