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Author, Poet Maya Angelou Has Died At Age 86

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KHQ.com - Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.  Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems.  She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.

She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.

In 1998, she directed the film "Down in the Delta" about a drug-wrecked woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta.

She was the poet chosen to read at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993. She wrote and read an original composition, "On the Pulse of Morning," which became a million-seller.

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