RIP Maya Angelou: Poet Dead at 86, Music Industry Reacts
World-revered poet and author Maya Angelou has died. She was 86.
According to CNN, Angelou was found today (May 28) at her Winston-Salem, N.C., home. A rep for the writer said that Angelou had been frail and suffering from heart problems.
Angelou was known prominently for her work with the written word, even reading one of her own compositions, “On the Pulse of Morning,” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.
But she also had a musical side to her, working as an actress and singer in the 1950s and ’60s. However, as Billboard notes, fellow world-renowned figure Phyllis Diller told her around those times, “You’re going to be famous. But it won’t be for singing.”
She still released an album of calypso covers, Miss Calypso, in 1957.
Given her standing in communities across the world, many people — among them multiple musicians spanning different musical genres — paid their respects on social media following the news of Angelou’s passing, including Darius Rucker, Pharrell and Rihanna.
RIp Maya Angelou God Bless instagram.com/p/oi9BAXJlyw/—
Diddy (@iamdiddy) May 28, 2014
My heart and soul hurt today because of the passing of a true Genious Maya Angelou. Heaven has another wonderful angel walking its golden st—
Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) May 28, 2014