WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wednesday morning Dr. Maya Angelou died at her Winston-Salem home. She was 86.
Dr. Angelou's security guard and driver, C.W. Bryant tells WFMY News 2's Faith Abubey that Angelou died between 5:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Bryant said Angelou's 24 hour nurse checked on her at 5:00 a.m. and she was watching television, when the nurse checked on her again at 6:30 a.m. she was dead.
Bryant said Angelou spent Tuesday at home all day editing a book she was writing.
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines also confirmed that Angelou's caregiver found her dead in her home Wednesday morning.
Angelou is best known for her award-winning-writing, including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings".
Her biography on her website reads:
"Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards. President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Dr. Angelou's reading of her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" was broadcast live around the world.
Dr. Angelou has received over 50 honorary degrees and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.
Dr. Angelou's words and actions continue to stir our souls, energize our bodies, liberate our minds, and heal our hearts."
Wake Forest University released the following statement on Angelou's death:
"Today members of the Wake Forest University community mourn the loss of beloved poet, author, actress, civil rights activist and professor Dr. Maya Angelou.
Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou's family and friends during this difficult time.
Details about a campus memorial service may be shared at a later date."