Stars, Politicians Mourn the Loss of Maya Angelou

PHOTO: Dr. Maya Angelou poses for a photo in London on Sept. 20, 2005.

Legendary poet and author Maya Angelou died this morning at age 86 -- and celebrities and politicians reacted to the sad news.

"She'd been very frail and had heart problems, but she was going strong, finishing a new book," her agent, Helen Brann. "I spoke to her yesterday. She was fine, as she always was. Her spirit was indomitable."

With someone who meant so much to American culture and influenced so many -- from celebrities to politicians -- many took to Twitter and Instagram to voice their appreciation for the "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" author.

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Her family released this statement on Facebook:

"Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love."

In a statement, Robert Loomis, Angelou's editor of more than forty years, said, "Maya, a dear friend, helped change our hearts and minds about the African American experience in the United States, bringing it to vivid life, and her spirit and energy crossed all borders and deeply affected readers around the world."

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