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Towering literary figure Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. Whether you knew her from her Oprah appearances (she was a long-time mentor and frequent inspirational guest on the show) or as an author and poet (
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is essential reading, people), Angelou was a staggeringly brilliant, beloved cultural figure. Vale, Ms. Angelou!
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