Maya Angelou in 2008.
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By TIME Staff
May 28, 2014

Renowned American author and poet Maya Angelou died today at the age of 86 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Best known for her poetry and autobiographical works like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she’s been an inspiring source of wisdom for many generations.

Thousands have already taken to social media to mourn the icon, sharing their favorite quotes, lessons (using the #MayaTaughtMe hashtag) and even links to her last poetic tweet:

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(Read Lev Grossman’s obituary here)

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