Maya Angelou lived a happy and successful life. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years.
Angelou touched the lives of many with her presence and words, but sadly she passed away on Wednesday, May 28. Angelou had been in poor health for several months and was found by her caregiver early Wednesday morning.
The death of Maya Angelou has shocked the world. While her family grieves in silence, fans and friends of the actress and poet expressed their sadness on social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
While some fans reacted in disbelief and sadness others shared photos of Angelou, posted her best quotes and described what an amazing person she was, and talked about the many things she had accomplished during her life.
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." —Maya Angelou pic.twitter.com/oR11k7rwxk
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 28, 2014
With Maya Angelou's passing, America has lost a national treasure; and Hillary and I, a beloved friend. http://t.co/ZQnoHwulNb
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) May 28, 2014
So sad to hear about the death of Maya Angelou. The world lost a strong, amazing and inspirational woman today #RIPMayaAngelou
— Carmen Electra (@carmenelectra) May 28, 2014
Dr. Maya Angelou was truly inspirational. Her life, rich with experience – bad and good.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) May 28, 2014
Rest in Peace Maya Angelou. The caged birds celebrate your triumphs forever. Thank you for all you gave to this world!
— Katie Holmes (@KatieHolmes212) May 28, 2014
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." – Maya Angelou.
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) May 28, 2014
R.I.P MAYA ANGELOU. WE LOVE U 4 EVERYTHING THAT U EMPOWERED US WITH AND INSPIRED US 2 BE. U WILL 4EVER B ROYALTY QUEEN.. TILL WE MEET AGAIN.
— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) May 28, 2014
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – #MayaAngelou
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) May 28, 2014
What is your favorite Maya Angelou quote and were you shocked to hear of her death?
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