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Author Maya Angelou dies aged 86


Poet, author and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.

One of America's leading literary voices, she made her name with the 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

It was the first of seven volumes of autobiography that traced her life from a childhood of abuse and oppression in the Deep South in the 1930s.

Her family said: "She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace."
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