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Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

Poet and author Maya Angelou celebrates her 82nd

Poet and author Maya Angelou celebrates her 82nd birthday on May 20, 2010 with friends and family at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. (May 28, 2014 6:44 PM)

(AP) - Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, died Wednesday, her son said. She was 86.

Angelou's son, Guy B. Johnson, said the writer died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she had been a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.

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